Jaribu maana yake ni kumshawishi mtu afanye tendo lisilo la busara au la uasherati. Kitu ambacho hujaribu au kushawishi husababisha mtu kuwa katika hali ya majaribu.
Today we will look at three examples from the Bible that teach us important lessons about temptation and how we can be victorious over temptation in our own lives. Our first example is about a young man named Joseph. Joseph’s story is documented in the book of Genesis. Joseph is one of the two youngest sons of Jacob, and he was about 17 years old at the time of this story. Joseph’s brothers were jealous of the love their father had for him. Because of this jealousy, his brothers hated him, and they sought to do Joseph harm. Eventually, Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery to a man named Potiphar.
Mwanzo 39: 1-5
"Basi Yusufu aliletwa Misri; na Potifa, ofisa wa Farao, mkuu wa walinzi, Mmisri, akamnunua kutoka kwa Waishmaeli, ambao walikuwa wamemleta huko.
2 Bwana alikuwa pamoja na Yusufu, naye alikuwa mtu tajiri; na alikuwa katika nyumba ya bwana wake, yule Mmisri.
3 Bwana wake akaona kwamba Bwana yu pamoja naye, na ya kuwa Bwana amefanikisha yote aliyoyafanya katika mkono wake.
4 Yusufu akapata kibali machoni pake, akamtumikia; naye akamweka juu ya nyumba yake, na vitu vyote alivyo navyo akatia mkononi mwake.
5 Ikawa tangu wakati alipomfanya awe msimamizi katika nyumba yake, na juu ya yote aliyo nayo, Bwana aliibariki nyumba ya yule Mmisri kwa ajili ya Yusufu; na baraka ya Bwana ilikuwa juu ya vyote alivyokuwa navyo nyumbani, na katika shamba.
At the beginning of Genesis chapter 39, we read that Joseph’s brothers treated him cruelly because they were incredibly jealous of their father’s love for him. So the brothers plotted to kill Joseph but instead sold him to an Egyptian household as a slave. God did not abandon Joseph but had his hand on him, and Joseph quickly advanced in the house of Potiphar. Joseph feared God, and God was with him. So instead of keeping him as a mere slave, Potiphar made him his steward and overseer of his whole house.
Mwanzo 39: 6
"6 Akaiacha yote aliyokuwa nayo mikononi mwa Yusufu; na hakujua kuwa alikuwa na kitu chochote, isipokuwa mkate tu aliokula. Yusufu alikuwa mtu mzuri, na mwenye sura nzuri. "
While Joseph was in these prosperous circumstances, a great temptation met him in his master’s house. As a goodly person and well-favored, the Bible tells us that Joseph’s mistress cast her eyes upon him in lust and then tempted him. Now this temptation was not just a one-time occurrence, but it happened over and over. The Bible shows us; the greatest temptation came when no one was around.
Mwanzo 39: 10-12
10 Ikawa, alipokuwa akiongea na Yusufu siku baada ya siku, hakumsikiliza, ili kulala naye, au kuwa naye.
11 Ikawa, wakati huo, Yusufu aliingia nyumbani kufanya biashara yake; wala hapakuwa na mtu katika nyumba ile ndani.
12 Naye akamshika nguo yake, akisema, Lala nami.Akaacha vazi lake mkononi mwake, akakimbia, akatoka nje.
What did Joseph do when this temptation came at its strongest? He not only refused her, but he fled from her as he would have done as if someone were trying to kill him. Joseph escaped for his life! This behavior of Joseph, without doubt, is recorded for the instruction of all. It is our duty to avoid the things that are themselves sinful and those that lead to sin. Any sin we commit is evil and separates us from God.
“18 Kama nikiutazama uovu moyoni mwangu, Bwana hatasikia;
Isaya 59: 2
"2 Lakini maovu yenu yametenga kati yenu na Mungu wenu, na dhambi zenu zimeuficha uso wake msiuone, hata hataki kusikia."
We need to hate sin and love God’s laws with our hearts, souls, minds, and strength.
Yoshua 22: 5
“5 Bali angalieni sana kutenda amri na sheria, ambayo Musa mtumishi wa Bwana alikuamuru, kumpenda Bwana Mungu wako, na kutembea katika njia zake zote, na kushika amri zake, na kushikamana naye. , na kumtumikia kwa moyo wako wote na kwa roho yako yote. ”
Kumbukumbu la Torati 4: 9
“9 Jihadhari tu wewe mwenyewe, na itunze nafsi yako kwa bidii, usije ukasahau mambo ambayo macho yako yameyaona, na wasije yakatoka moyoni mwako siku zote za maisha yako; ; ”
Dhambi ni nini? Dhambi ni kosa la kukusudia na la makusudi dhidi ya Mungu.
"17 Kwa hiyo kwake yeye ajuaye kutenda mema, na asiyatende, kwake ni dhambi."
Before we sin, there is always a temptation. A temptation is not a sin, but it is the testing point for sin. Joseph did not know that his boss’s wife would tempt him, but if he had given in and not fled, he would have sinned. What do we do when temptation meets us? Are we fleeing from the wrong, or are we giving in? What happens when the temptation to lie, get angry or do anything that transgresses God’s commandments challenges us?
Would you walk across a river where the ice was all broken up? No, you would avoid it. Would you take your money and throw it into the sea? No. Would you walk off the edge of a cliff? No, you would flee from the area. If we say we love God and are following Him, we will flee from doing anything sinful. We will stay as far away from sin as possible.
Our second example is about a man named Achan, whose story we can find in the book of Joshua. Before the Israelites would conquer Jericho, God commanded them not to take specific items of the spoils because they were accursed. Achan was tempted in Jericho by things he’d seen and then desired to have, which God said not to take. Achan took the accursed items anyway and hid them in his tent. God became very angry, and Achan’s action became responsible for the defeat against the Israelites when Joshua sent the men into Ai. God told Joshua there was sin among the Israelites, and Achan finally confessed.
“21 Nilipoona kati ya nyara vazi zuri la Babeli, na shekeli mia mbili za fedha, na kabari ya dhahabu ya uzani wa shekeli hamsini, ndipo nikazitamani, nikazichukua; na tazama, vimefichwa chini katikati ya hema langu, na fedha chini yake.
Achan was different than Joseph. When Achan became tempted, he did not flee, and what happened? The Israelites put Achan and his family to death. When we sin today, we, in essence, die, and we no longer have communion with God.
Our last example is our Lord Himself. When the devil tempted Jesus, what did He do? Jesus said, “Get thee behind me, Satan!” In other words, get out of here, devil! I am sure Jesus was not timid about this either. Instead, Jesus was forceful and commanding. He rebuked the devil amid temptation. Jesus knew we would experience temptation, so He taught us to pray in this way:
“13 Usitutie majaribuni, lakini utuokoe na yule mwovu: Kwa kuwa ufalme ni wako, na nguvu, na utukufu hata milele. Amina. ”
"41 Kesheni na ombeni, ili msiingie katika majaribu. Roho iko tayari, lakini mwili ni dhaifu."
Do you think these commands are any less important today? No, we need to watch lest we enter into temptation or, in other words, SIN. We need to flee anything that looks, acts, or talks like SIN.
How have you been doing in your life? Have you been letting temptations lead you to sin? If you have, God has given the power through His Son to defeat and overcome the temptation. When we get saved and stay close to God, we can flee whenever the temptation arises.
1 Wakorintho 10: 12-14
“12 Kwa hiyo yeye anayedhani anasimama na aangalie asianguke.
13 Jaribu halikuwapata ninyi isipokuwa lililo kawaida ya wanadamu. Lakini Mungu ni mwaminifu, ambaye hatakuruhusu mjaribiwe kwa kadiri ya uwezo wenu. lakini pamoja na lile jaribu pia atafanya njia ya kutoroka, mpate kuweza kustahimili.
14 Kwa hivyo, wapendwa wangu, ikimbieni ibada ya sanamu. ”