I was the reader at Petersburg Lutheran Church today. Scripture was Matthew 4:1-11, "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil...". Satan tempts my Lord three times;
- "To summon his angels"; which is heavenly authority and
- "All the kingdoms of the world"; worldly authority.
Bread seems lame compared to the other two. Of course, all the time I am thinking of the temptation of the Trojan prince Alexander, otherwise known as the Judgement of Paris. He got offered wisdom and glory by Athena (heavenly authority), Hera offered him power and a crown (worldly power) and that leaves Aphrodite offering the most beautiful woman in the world. Oh, I get it, bread and sex are temptations of the flesh. Apparently, temptation of the flesh is the most powerful, Paris sacrificed the world for a "loaf of bread".