And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.…
The devil fits his temptation nicely to his purpose. Christ is about to begin His mission, and to found His kingdom, which is to be universal, to extend throughout the world. Satan shows Him how to make the kingdoms of earth His own instantaneously, by doing homage to himself. No need then for Calvary, no laborious preachings, no persecutions, no martyrdoms, no sowing in tears, no casting of the bread on the waters and patient expectance of the result after many days. The kingdoms of the world will become the kingdoms of Christ at once, if He will conform to the world, and acknowledge the Evil One as supreme — if He will allow the presence of evil, legislate for it, accept it, and not fight against it. But this offer of Satan is an usurpation of power — of God's power. No compromise with evil. "Get thee behind Me, Satan."
(S. Baring. Gould, M. A. .)
Parallel VersesKJV: And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.