The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 4:9
And saith unto him, all these things will I give thee
This is more fully and strongly expressed by the Evangelist Luke.
(Luke 4:6,7) .
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and
the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me, and to whomsoever
I will, I give it--all shall be thine.
In which words he sets up
himself to be the God of this world, and the sovereign disposer of
it: he pretends it was delivered to him by the true God, who had
left it to his arbitrary disposal; and that he could invest Christ
with the power and government of it, and put him in possession of
all its glory, and make good and support his title to it, and
interest in it. Never was such monstrous arrogance expressed as
this; when this poor, proud, wretched creature, has not the
disposal, at his pleasure, of anyone single thing; no not the least
in the whole universe. He could not touch, neither Job's person, nor
any of his substance, without divine permission; nor enter into an
herd of swine without Christ's leave; and yet had the front to make
an offer of the whole world, as if he had a despotic power over it;
and that upon this horrid and blasphemous condition,
if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
This was the highest degree
of effrontery and impudence. The devil is not content to be
worshipped by men, but seeks for adoration from the Son of God: this
opens at once his proud, ambitious, and aspiring views, to be as God
himself; for with nothing less can he be satisfied.