Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” (Matthew 4:5,6 ESV)
It occurred to me today that Satan knows the Bible better than I do. My guess is that he has God’s Word memorized, not only in English, but also in the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. He probably has it memorized in many other languages as well. Maybe I’m wrong about this, but I don’t think so. Satan loves to distort God’s Word. It is his primary way to attack. He first did it in the Garden of Eden. He tempted Jesus by twisting the Scriptures mentioned above. Today he attacks God’s people by bringing in doctrines of demons. (1 Timothy 4:1)
How vital is it that we know God’s Word and handle it correctly? I would argue that this is the greatest need in the church today. In the last letter Paul wrote, he charged Timothy to preach the Word. He said a time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but will collect for themselves teachers to suit their own passions. They will believe myths instead of the truth. (2 Timothy 4:1-5)
There are many myths being taught in the name of God these days. There are many preachers who like to scratch itching ears. People love to hear sermons that are focused on themselves, instead of focused on Jesus. This is because Satan knows Scripture well and distorts it for his own purposes. How do we battle this? Dig into God’s Word. Show yourself as one approved, rightly handling the Word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) This is how we combat the devil’s schemes. We study and know the truth that God teaches to us in the Bible.