Matthew 4:1-11 The Temptation of Jesus


The temptation of Jesus was not easy because he was the Son of God. He was lead to a desolate environment without food for forty days to face the devil himself. Jesus can identify with our own temptations.

Hungry as anyone would be after not eating for forty days, the devil challenges Jesus to prove he is the Son of God by turning stones into bread. This was certainly possible for Jesus, and may even seem logical, as there appears only to be a benefit. However, the fasting of Jesus was God’s will, and turning stones to bread was not.  Essentially, Satan asked Jesus, Why deprive yourself of anything for the sake of following God? That is the question the evil one will put into our heads, so that we stumble and ignore the word of God, and sin for the sake of our own earthly comfort or pleasure.  The answer of Jesus, from scripture, is that following the eternal promises of God are more important than any worldly comfort or temporary satisfaction.

The challenge to Jesus in the second temptation was to test God or prove his faith.  Jesus is tempted on the highest point of the temple. Temptations can occur in holy places. The devil takes scripture out of context, as many do today, to suit an evil purpose against God’s will. If Jesus were to leap, and be saved by angels, likely any witnesses would claim him to be the messiah, but that was not God’s plan for our redemption. Jesus too, quotes scripture, which we also have ready access too. We must not attempt to force God’s hand into proving his love for us. It was proven when Christ bore our sins on the cross.

False worship is prevalent and always has been. As prince of this world, the devil had authority to offer Jesus the kingdoms. Men continually fall for the beauty and power of the world, but Jesus, better than all men, and perfect in all ways, rejected Satan’s offer as repulsive. We shall worship only God, no other.  Away from me Satan! We too can say this by the authority of Jesus, and the devil must leave. God provided to Jesus the aid he required after his temptation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Matthew 4:1-11 The Temptation of Jesus

  1. As with Jesus, Satan tries to convince us that being a “son” of God means not suffering hunger or poverty, but rather means impressive feats of power that elevate us in the eyes of others, giving us even political power over people. Jesus’ response to those temptations shows his disciples why it is the poor, the gentle, the merciful, and the peacemakers who will be called the children of God.

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