Have you, as a Believer, ever pondered the many trials you’ve had to endure SINCE you became a Believer?
Well, that’s often because the Adversary is doing everything in his power to get you to reject YHWH and His Divine Messiah! (And, sometimes, YHWH Himself is trying to teach you some lessons in self-discipline - as he did with Abraham who thought YHWH really wanted him to sacrifice of his own son, Isaac….)
Yeshua, as you know, underwent MANY trials (all aptly outlined in Isaiah 53!) We don’t know how many he had BEFORE he received the Ruach haKodesh/Holy Spirit, but AFTER he did, what was the first thing that happened? The Adversary began TESTING him! (See Luke 3:21-23 and Luke 4.) He even offered Yeshua all the kingdoms in the world! (THAT was a pretty impressive bribe!)
But Yeshua didn’t fall for it, for he KNEW who he was and what he had to do!
And then, instead of fighting or arguing with the Adversary, he kept doing what? Quoting Torah and Tanakh (“Old” Testament)! Take a look:
Luke 4:4 Then Yeshua, filled with the Ruach HaKodesh, returned from the Yarden and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days of testing by the Adversary. During that time he ate nothing, and afterwards he was hungry.
3 The Adversary said to him, “If you are the Son of God, order this stone to become bread.” 4 Yeshua answered him, “The Tanakh says, ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’” (Ref Deuteronomy 8:3)
5 The Adversary took him up, showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world, 6 and said to him, “I will give you all this power and glory. It has been handed over to me, and I can give it to whomever I choose. 7 So if you will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 Yeshua answered him, “The Tanakh says, ‘Worship ADONAI your God and serve him only.’”
9 Then he took him to Yerushalayim, set him on the highest point of the Temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, jump from here! 10 For the Tanakh says, ‘He will order his angels to be responsible for you and to protect you. 11 They will support you with their hands, so that you will not hurt your feet on the stones.’” (Ref Psalm 91:11, 12)
12 Yeshua answered him, “It also says, ‘Do not put ADONAI your God to the test.’” (Ref Deuteronomy 6:13-17) 13 When the Adversary had ended all his testings, he let him alone until an opportune time. (CJB)
So, try to remember these things the next time you face some trials and tribulations. If you truly belong to YHWH/Yeshua, you WILL come through it all, shining like refined gold and silver! (You might not think so at the time, but when you do things according to Torah, you can't go wrong!)
Job 23:10 Yet he knows the way I take; when he has tested me, I will come out like gold.
Zechariah 13:2 But who can endure the day when he comes? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire, like the soapmaker's lye. 3 He will sit, testing and purifying the silver; he will purify the sons of Levi, refining them like gold and silver, so that they can bring offerings to ADONAI uprightly.
Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried. They shall call on My Name, and I will answer them; I will say, It is My people; and they shall say, Yahweh my Elohim is my Elohim.
Malachi 3:2 But who can endure the day when he comes? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire, like the soapmaker's lye. 3 He will sit, testing and purifying the silver; he will purify the sons of Levi, refining them like gold and silver, so that they can bring offerings to ADONAI uprightly.
Isaiah 48:10 "Look, I have refined you, but not [as severely] as silver; [rather] I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
Job 23:10 Yet he knows the way I take; when he has tested me, I will come out like gold. 11 My feet have stayed in his footsteps; I keep to his way without turning aside. 12 I don't withdraw from his lips' command; I treasure his words more than my daily food.