All of his life, the man had dreamed of owning a particular sports car. As he stared wistfully at a model at a car show; a man walked over to him. “Wanna drive it?” He asked, holding out the keys. A hesitant reply fell from the man’s lips. “Well yes.” The car’s owner smiled broadly and said “I’ve been looking for someone for my commercials and you look just the part. I’ll pay you well and you can drive the car whenever you like.”
He wondered what to say at such a proposition. The man laughed, “Sound too good to be true? Well, perhaps it might. Tell you what, let’s take the car for a test drive first, then if you like it we’ll draw up a contract to make it all official, how about it? I’ve been looking for the right person for a while and you look just the part.”
The next thing he knew he was actually driving his dream car, and it certainly met his expectations. Shortly after he was breezing through a contract with an outrageous payment for each commercial. He found a few statements that made him look up. “Anti-Western? Decapitation? What’s this about?” The wording in the contract was repeated. After debating what to do, he requested to visit the studio and the man readily agreed.
He was soon on a flight to a country he rarely heard of – except in conjunction with countries hostile to his own. He arrived to a lavishly furnished studio, and while he was waiting for the director, he noticed a computer screen flicker and walked over to it. He watched as a man quite similar to himself stood before the camera, smiling broadly. Suddenly a man with a large sword flew upon his twin, pushing him to the ground. The camera closed in on the man with the sword, who turned and spoke in another language while a product name and image appeared.
The man was stunned. When the director walked in he pretended to listen to him. When they entered the prop room, he noticed a sword lying nearby and realized it was real. The director steered him from the room, smiling broadly, and said “You’ll find there are more mishaps in Hollywood than here!” The joke seemed hollow, and the man said nothing. The director turned, held the car keys out, and said “So…do we have a deal?”
Moral of the story:
In Matthew 4:3-9 we see the boldness of Satan in the way he speaks to Jesus, who is at a very weakened state. He uses his old tricks – desires (food), pride, and power. He even twists God’s providence into a test. All of us have something we want or wish for. I hope to take this as a spoiler, to recognize the tactics of Satan because they don’t change. It is a reminder to be careful and realize the wants and wishes can be used as a weapon against us if we let it come before God.
Side note: To me this demonstrated what would probably be evil to most westerners right now; the condoning of terrorism and murder of innocents. Contrast that with something harmless to many; the desire for a nice car. (For some reason I worry about depicting evil and had to explain the story.)