4 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve (Luke 4:1-8, KJV).
The Market Desert
The market is a desert devoid of meaning. Without the word of God pouring forth like a stream, giving meaning to the mundane, trading the market shrivels the soul. Temptation awaits both the unwary and pure of heart.
Not by Bread Alone
The devil tempts Jesus with a proposal: “If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.” Jesus replies, “It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Traders need to realize that without the word of God nourishing their souls with meaning, trading becomes a dry, mechanical task.
Without the spiritual world interacting with the material world, life becomes devoid of meaning. Devilish thoughts tempt traders into trading for power and for money . . . for self-glorification. Realize that taking the devil’s bargain results in loss of soul.
Get Behind Me
“Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”