Temptation is a part of our human existence. Yet, God’s Word gives us plenty of instruction to combat life’s reality. After all, Jesus Christ, our Lord, was tempted in the desert by Satan (Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13).
Each time Jesus was tempted, he responded with an Old Testament Scripture.
First, his physical and spiritual needs were questioned. Jesus' response from Deuteronomy 8:3 is "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."
Second, his spiritual trust in God was probed. Jesus' response from Deuteronomy 6:16 is "You shall not put the Lord your God to the test."
Third, Jesus was interrogated concerning his worship allegiance. Jesus' response from Deuteronomy 6:13 is "You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only."
CS Lewis' character, Edmund Pevensie, was tempted by something we may consider trivial - a delectable dessert called Turkish delight. However, upon closer examination of the setting in which The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe occurred, this character suffered a very real temptation. The article entitled Why Was Turkish Delight C.S. Lewis' Guilty Pleasure? provides a synopsis of this issue in the novel.
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
- I Corinthians 10:13
Watch this 1:34 video explaining how to make Turkish Delight:
What can we teach our children about temptation in God's Word from reading this endearing children's story?
Which Scriptures will your children cite in response to the temptations they face?
How will you use this book to discuss faith in God during times of temptation with your children?