The First Sunday of Lent: Jesus is tempted in the desert // Faith at Marquette // Marquette University
As one Bible scholar pointed out, if Jesus had not revealed this event to some of his disciples, it would not have been included in the stories of his life and work. He is depicted as being susceptible to the deceptions of Satan. In the aftermath of his baptism, why would Jesus go into the desert for a forty-day retreat? For the same reason, individuals go on retreat: to reflect on who they are, where they are heading, and how they will get there in the best possible way. The blurring of one’s perspective on life occurs as a result of all the noise and bustle of everyday existence.
At that point, Jesus was brought into the desert by the Holy Spirit, where he was tempted by the devil. He had fasted for forty days and forty nights and had become hungry as a result. “If you are the Son of God, order that these stones be transformed into loaves of bread,” the tempter said as he approached him and added. “It is written: ‘One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God,'” he remarked in response. He was then taken to the sacred city, where the devil forced him to stand on the parapet of the temple and demanded that he throw himself down since he was the Son of God.
“Again, it is stated, you shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test,” Jesus said.
It is written: “You shall worship the Lord, your God, and you shall serve him alone,” says the Bible.
Reflection from the Preface of the Mass:
Because of his forty-day fast, this is considered a holy season of self-denial. Choosing to reject Satan’s temptations has taught us to cleanse ourselves of the hidden corruption of evil, and in doing so to eat his paschal feast with purity of heart until we reach the fulfillment of the meal’s completion in the promised land of heaven.
Suggestions for Reflection
- Jesus was tested in the same way that we are. Temptations are not inherently harmful
- Rather, it is how we respond to them that determines whether we turn to God or away from God. Were we tempted by temptations as a means of turning to God rather than relying on our own resources? Is there a difference between the ways Jesus was tempted and the ways we are tempted, or is there a similarity? Satan is inviting Jesus to deny his status as the Son of God, which is hidden under the surface of the various temptations he faces. Temptations, aren’t they, an encouragement to abandon the sort of person we want to be and instead turn to harmful means of satisfying ourselves? By refusing to give in to the temptations, Jesus opted to rely on his Father to fulfill his deepest hunger, to relate to people in a normal way, and to not place his trust in his reputation, power, or wealth to provide for him. How can we sate our most insatiable cravings? Do we rely on our position of prominence and power to make ourselves acceptable to others
- And Are we going to utilize the forty days of Lent as a time of retreat, setting aside time for extra introspection and prayer
What Jesus Said About Satan
He referred to him as “the adversary” in Matthew 13:39. Matthew 13:38 refers to “the wicked one.” John 12:31 and 14:30 refer to Jesus as “the prince of this world.” John 8:44 describes Jesus as “a liar” and “the father of lies.” “A murderer,” according to John 8:44. He claimed to have “seen him descend from heaven,” according to Luke 10:18. Matthew 12:26 tells us that Jesus has a “kingdom.” According to Matthew 13:38, “evil men are his sons.” It says in Matthew 13:38 and 39 that he “sowed tares amid the wheat.” Matthew 13:19, Mark 4:15, and Luke 8:12 describe him as one who “snatches the Word from hearers.” According to Luke 13:16, Jesus “bound a lady for 18 years.” According to Luke 22:31, he “desired to have Peter.” According to Matthew 25:41, the possesses “angels.” Matthew 25:41 says that “eternal fire has been prepared for him.”
The Bible represents Satan as:
Matthew 4:3 refers to “the tempter.” Matthew 12:24, Mark 3:22, and Luke 11:15 refer to Satan as “the ruler of devils.” Matthew 12:22-29 and Luke 11:14-23 discuss the “source of demonic possession.” That he implanted the treachery into Judas’ heart, according to John 13:2 and 27. In the sense that he perverts the Scriptures Matt. 4:4; Luke 4:10,11; That he is “the god of this world,” according to 1 Corinthians 4:4. His title, according to Ephesians 2:2, is “the prince of the power of the air.” That he “transforms himself into an angel of light,” according to 1 Corinthians 11:14.
- 12:9 and 20:3,8,10.
- That he was the source of “Paul’s thorn in the flesh,” as recorded in 11 Corinthians 12:7.
- Acts 5:3 says that he induced Ananias to lie.
- 11 Cor.
- False teachers are described as “a synagog of Satan” in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9.
- Is the driving force behind the “Apostasy,” according to 11 Thes.
- As though a roaring lion were on the prowl for Christians, 1 Peter 5:8 (New International Version) Is able to conquer through faith 1 Peter 5:9 (New International Version) Is wiley a good thing?
David was moved to commit sin.
21:1 (II Chronicles 21:1).
Joshua’s adversary, according to Zechariah 3:1-9.
1 John 3:8,10 says that evil men are his children.
Although Jesus did not explicitly say so, his terminology shows that he believed in the existence of a personal demon.
If Jesus was just conforming himself to popular mistake, then His words are no revelation of truth at all, since who can tell the difference between the true truth that He is attempting to teach and the wrong that He is speaking about as if it were truth in the first place?
Bible Gateway passage: Matthew 4:1-11 – New International Version
4Then the Spirit took Jesus into the desert, where he was temptedB) by Satan “>(B)as a result of the devil C)”>(C) Following a forty-day and forty-night fasting period, D) “>(D)he was in need of food. Three days later, the tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, F)”>(F)transform these stones into bread.” Four times Jesus responded: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by food alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” “G) The letter G stands for “God is great.” “> The following is an example of a formalized formalized formalized (G) 5After then, the devil transported him to the holy city H) “>(H)and ordered him to take a position on the temple’s highest point.
6 “If you are the Son of God,” I) says the narrator “”Throw yourself on the ground,” he commanded.
“I will give you everything,” he replied, if you will only bend down and worship me.
L) “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him exclusively.’ As soon as the demon left him, N)”>(N)angels appeared and took care of him.” M)”>(M)11Then the devil left him, N)”>(N)angels came to his aid.
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Part of the What Did Jesus Teach? series, this essay explores the teachings of Jesus.
Be Aware of Evil
One of the most prevalent ways in which Jesus was called was as “teacher,” and this was exactly how he was treated. 1 Even during the dialogue in the Upper Room, in John 13:13, Jesus approved the title “teacher” as a self-designation, saying, “You call me Teacherand Lord, and you are right, because thus I am.” Throughout Jesus’ public career (beginning with Mark 1:14–15), the concept of the kingdom of God was the central focus of his teaching. When he was teaching about the kingdom, he instilled in his students an awareness of wickedness.
It is necessary to identify the adversary.
Jesus mentions an adversary who sows weeds among the wheat in the parable of the weeds in Matthew 13:24–30, and in his explanation of the story in verses 36–43, Jesus refers to the adversary as “the wicked one,” or “the devil” (particularly in Matt.
Against the Darkness
It examines the idea of angels and devils, providing answers to important issues regarding their nature and the consequences of their doctrine for Christian beliefs and behavior. When we read the tale of the sheep and the goats, we find out that the devil and his angels are the ones who will be consumed by eternal fire (to pur to ainio) (Matt. 25:41). However, Jesus had the ability to teach more directly than through parables. Theologian N. T. Wright believes that Jesus was referring to Satan when he advised the twelve in Matthew 10:28, “And do not be afraid of those who murder the body but cannot kill the spirit.” “Rather, be afraid of the one who may kill both the soul and the body in hell.” 2 This, on the other hand, appears to be implausible.
- God is the one who should be feared.
- 12:39 NIV).
- He talked of a man who was possessed by a spirit.
- According to Matthew 12:43–45, he likened the current situation to that of a house that has been left vacant only to be further invaded by worse residents.
Pray for Protection
The teaching of Jesus also teaches individuals that they are the targets of Satanic mischief. As an example, consider the words of Peter in Luke 22:31–32: “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has asked to have you, in order to sift you like wheat; nonetheless, I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.” And when you have turned around again, give your brothers strength.” 5 The adage islex orandi lex credendi, which means “lex orandi, lex credendi.” As a result of this, the law of prayer is equivalent to the law of believing.
What we truly believe manifests itself in our prayer life.
In the Lord’s Prayer (Matt.
As he prayed for the preservation of Peter’s faith in Luke 22:31–32, Jesus put into reality what he had proclaimed.
He also prayed specifically for his disciples (John 17:15), saying, “I do not beg that you remove them out of the world; rather, I pray that you guard them from being tempted by the wicked one.” Jesus saw that his disciples required supernatural protection, and as the great high priest, he will always be there to intercede on their behalf (Heb.
Final Defeat Awaits
There were a variety of motivations for Christ’s birth on the earth. One of the most important was to battle the demon. As we’ve seen, defeating the devil required both Christ’s active obedience (his life) and his passive obedience (his death and resurrection) (his death). The life he led and the death he died are the keys to our salvation on the one hand, and the keys to the defeat of the darkness on the other hand, and they are the keys to our salvation. Jesus carried out the Father’s instructions.
- Unlike his two older brothers, this boy stayed obedient throughout the whole process.
- Moreover, he launched an onslaught against the devil’s darkness, executing exorcisms with the command of the word “Go.” He also educated his listeners about the devil and the demon’s methods of operation.
- When the light of the world shone upon Jesus, the darkness rose up in opposition to him.
- According to Paul’s teaching to the Romans in Romans 8:1, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, nor is there any separation from Christ’s love (Rom.
- No justification can be found in Scripture for wicked defamation against God’s elect (Rom.
- The death of Christ, as a substitutionary atonement, dealt with this as well.
- The final defeat of the devil and his demons, on the other hand, is yet ahead.
- The Gospel of John mentions this style of address more than once, and in different contexts. “Rabbi” (rabbi) appears in John 1:38, 49, 3:2, and 6:25, whereas “teacher” appears in John 3:2. (didaskalos). Throughout Jesus’ Passion Week, the title “Teacher” was frequently employed in Matthew’s narrative of his life. Jesus was addressed as “teacher” (didaskale) by the Pharisees and Herodians in Matthew 22:16, and he was called as such by the Sadducees in Matthew 22:24, and again by a Pharisee scribe in Matthew 22:36. NT Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God, 454–455
- For a similar viewpoint, see R. T. France, Matthew,TNTC(Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2008), 189
- N. T. Wright,Jesus and the Victory of God, 456, contends that the house on display is the temple. Revolutionary actions such as the Maccabean uprising purified the home (the temple) for a time, but it turned out to be only one of many similar attempts throughout history. It’s a curious proposal, but it’s not all that compelling in the end
- It’s noteworthy to note that Satan has to beg God for permission to sift Peter like wheat, which is a remarkable observation in itself. Satan’s authority has been severely curtailed. As a matter of fact, Jesus’ remarks imply that God is the subject of a demand from Satan as well as a prayer request from Jesus.
According to Graham A. Cole’s book Against the Darkness: The Doctrine of Angels, Satan, and Demons, this article has been altered. Professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Graham A. Cole holds a ThD from the Australian College of Theology and is now serving as emeritus dean. He is an ordained Anglican pastor who has served in two parishes and was once the principal of Ridley College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Graham and his wife, Jules, currently reside in Australia.
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Bible Gateway Matthew 4 : NIV
42nd chapter of Matthew Then the Holy Spirit took Jesus into the desert, where he was tempted by the devil for 40 days and nights. 2After forty days and forty nights of fasting, he was starving to death. Three days later, the tempter appeared to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become food.” In response to this, Jesus stated, “It is written, ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” 5After that, the devil transported him to the holy city and forced him to stand on the temple’s highest peak.
After all, it says in the Bible, “‘He will order his angels concerning you, and they will pick you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot on a stone.” 7To this, Jesus responded, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” 8Again, the devil transported him to the top of a very high mountain, where he was shown all of the kingdoms of the earth in all of their magnificence.
“I will give you everything,” he replied, if you will only bend down and worship me.
Because it says in the Bible, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone.” 11After then, the demon left him, and angels appeared and took care of him.
13After leaving Nazareth, he moved to Capernaum, which was near the lake in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, in order to carry out the prophecy of the prophet Isaiah: 15″In the country of Zebulun and Naphtali, on the road to the sea, along the Jordan, and in the Galilee of the Gentiles-16the people who were living in darkness have seen a bright light; on those who are dwelling in the valley of the shadow of death, a light has shone,” says the prophet.
- Throughout the rest of his ministry, Jesus continued to teach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” During his stroll by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus came across two brothers, Simon named Peter and his brother Andrew.
- They were fishing, so they were tossing a net into the lake to catch some fish.
- 20At that point, they abandoned their nets and pursued him.
- With their father Zebedee at the helm, they were out on the water preparing their nets.
- Throughout Galilee, Jesus spoke in their synagogues, preached the good news of God’s kingdom, and healed every disease and illness that afflicted the people.
- People brought him everyone who was ill with different ailments, including those in great pain, those who were possessed by demons and experiencing convulsions, as well as the paralyzed; he healed them all.
25He was followed by large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and the surrounding region beyond the Jordan.
- That is, the Ten Cities are mentioned in Deut. 8:3, Psalm 91:11,12, Deut. 6:16, Deut. 6:13, and Isaiah 9:1,2.
“After the devil had finished testing Jesus in every way possible, he left him for a while.”
When the devil had completed trying Jesus in every manner conceivable, he withdrew from him for a period of time. Upon his return from the Jordan River, the power of the Holy Spirit was with him, and he was led by the Spirit into the desert by the Holy Spirit. Jesus was put through his paces by the devil for forty days, and throughout that period he did not eat anything. He was starving by the time it was all finished. In response to Jesus’ claim that he was God’s Son, the devil answered, “If you are God’s Son, command this stone to become food.” To which Jesus said, “The Scriptures state that no one can survive just on food.” The devil then took Jesus to a high point and gave him a map of the entire world in a short period of time.
- It has been given to me, and I am free to distribute it to anyone I want.
- Finally, the devil transported Jesus to Jerusalem and forced him to stand on the temple’s roof.
- ‘God will direct his angels to look after you,’ the Scriptures state.
- Luke 4:13–13:13 Version in the Present Tense of the English Language The Holy Bible is the most important book in the world (New York, NY: American Bible Society 1995)
A Lesson from the Last Moments of Jesus’ Life, Luke 22-23
David Talley (David Talley) — The overall message is that the most significant war we confront in this life is not what we can see, but what we cannot see—Satan is vehemently and deliberately opposed to what God is accomplishing. The biggest defense we have, however, is not our offensive, but rather our reliance on one another. Jesus is a devout and effective leader, but the disciples are prayerless and uncaring individuals. First and foremost, we must see from this tale in Luke 22-23 that Satan is a determined and willful opponent of God’s work in the world.
- Satan enters Judas, according to the Bible’s chapter 22:3.
- For the time being, only observe that Satan is actively working against God’s plans and is attempting to derail the Messiah’s ascension.
- Despite the fact that Jesus is speaking directly to Simon Peter in verse 31, the word “you” in verse 31 is in the plural form, indicating that all of the disciples are the intended audience (in verse 32, it is singular, so the comment is directed toward Peter).
- Finally, in Luke 22:53, we find that the “might of evil” appears to be winning the day, a situation that would end in the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.
- Satan went so far as to intentionally want to divert Jesus’ attention away from the road that the Father had mapped out for him.
- We are warned in 1 Peter 5:8 to be on the lookout for the devil, who prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour, and to be on the lookout for other Christians who are being persecuted.
- He behaves in the same manner as a lion in its natural environment, sitting back and watching for the weak and defenseless in order to eat his victim.
Our conflict is not with “flesh and blood,” but rather with “the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,” according to the Bible.
Second, we might take notice of the methods that are employed in this novel in order to prepare for war.
I’d want to start with the apostles and apostles’ disciples.
He is unable to envisage a circumstance in which he would be forced to deny Jesus.
In Luke 22:22-24, we see a comparable level of conviction among all of the disciples.
They can’t fathom being in a position where they would even consider betraying Jesus, much alone really do so.
Their interrogation eventually evolves into arrogance.
Knowing their weakness, Jesus instructs them in Luke 22:40 to pray so that they would not be deceived and be drawn away from their conviction of loyalty.
Peter and the rest of the disciples are in a vulnerable position, and they finally lose their struggle against temptation by yielding to it.
The disciples are oblivious to their surroundings and negligent in their prayers.
His impending confrontation would be considerably more intense than anything the disciples could have ever envisioned for themselves.
He aspires to satisfy his Father and to remain devoted in the future.
At the end of the story, he successfully completes his task and, in accordance to his Father, goes to the cross to die for our sins on the crucifixion.
Prayer is essential for each follower of Jesus to have a strategic plan.
They are expected to pray.
See Luke 22:38, 49, and 50 for more information.
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, which is the word of God, with all prayer and supplication.
His argument is that we must be prepared for combat!
Prayer must be a significant element of our daily routines.
Many, if not the majority of Christians, I have discovered, suffer from a lack of time dedicated to prayer.
Let us take a lesson from their experiences.
Come before the throne in prayer, are we taking part in this fight that we cannot see?
Let us not follow in the footsteps of the disciples in Luke 22-23, who were prayerless and, as a result, thoughtless in their actions. Let us follow in Jesus’ footsteps and be prayerful and, as a result, successful. until Jesus returns!
David Talley is a professor of Old Testament at the Talbot School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Specifically, Talley loves researching Old Testament theological topics as well as concerns related to local church work and modern theological issues. While developing a perspective on Godly life in a challenging environment, his dissertation topic on the judgment of suffering in Genesis 3 continues to be a focus of his research. She is enthusiastic about studying and teaching the principles of God’s Word, discipling and equipping others, and “passing on the faith” to the next generation.
After completing a survey book on the Old Testament in 2013, he began work on a book that would combine information from biblical text with change of the heart.
Bible, King James Version
Then, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was taken into the desert to be tempted by the devil. In addition, after forty days and forty nights of fasting, he was ravenous the next day. When the tempter came to him, he challenged him, saying, “If thou is the Son of God, order that these stones be changed into bread!” Nevertheless, he responded by stating that it is stated, “Man shall not live by food alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” The devil then transports him to the holy city and places him on a temple pinnacle, where he remains for the rest of his days.
And he says to him, “If thou be the Son of God, let thyself down,” since it is said, “He shall give his angels care over thee, and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any moment thou strike thy foot against a stone.” And he falls to the ground.
Finally, after transporting him to an exceedingly high mountain, the devil reveals the entire world to him, together with all its splendor; and he declares, “All these things will I grant thee if thee but bow down and worship me.” Afterwards, Jesus commands him to go, saying, “Get thee away, Satan,” since it is stated, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him alone must thou serve.” The devil then departs from him, and behold, angels appear to him and cater to his needs.
After hearing that John had been imprisoned, Jesus traveled to Galilee, and after leaving Nazareth, he settled in Capernaum, which is on the sea coast, on the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:This was done in order to fulfill the prophecy of Esaias the prophet, who said, “The people who sat in darkness saw great light; and to those who sat in the region of the Gentiles, the Lord has appeared.” Then Jesus began preaching and admonishing people, telling them to repent because the kingdom of heaven was at hand.
- And as Jesus walked down the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he noticed two brothers, Simon named Peter and Andrew his brother, putting a net into the water.
- And he tells them, “Follow me, and I will create you men who fish for men.” And they immediately left their nets behind and followed after him.
- And they promptly abandoned the ship, as well as their father, and followed him to the shore.
- And his name spread throughout all of Syria; and they brought to him all sick people who were suffering from various diseases and torments, as well as those who were possessed by devils, as well as those who were insane and those who had the palsy; and he healed them.
Great crowds of people followed him from Galilee, from Decapolis, from Jerusalem, from Judaea, and from all throughout the surrounding region, even from beyond the Jordan River.
TITLEMain PPT TITLEMain Point: Although Jesus was confronted with every temptation that we experience, He never sinned. Message from the Bible: Resist the devil, and he will depart from your presence. – James 4:7 (KJV) The Bible, a sword, a stone, and a piece of food are among the NIVProps. a note to the teacher It is critical to realize that Jesus was NOT tempted to sin – as in he had a strong desire to transgress but was just resisting the temptation. In James 1:13, we are told that “God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anybody” (NIV).
Christ does not have a sin nature in the same way that we have.
These temptations were brought to Christ, and His unwillingness to indulge in them meant that Jesus remained spotless and, as a result, was able to offer Himself as the perfect sacrifice, bearing the sin of mankind on the cross.
Teacher: Begin by sharing a personal story of a time when someone attempted to convince you to commit a sin. If you keep in mind the preceding Teacher Note, do not relate a moment when you “had the desire” to sin, but rather a time when someone or something actively attempted to persuade you to do something wrong, as Satan attempted to do with Jesus. Rather than the temptation to eat cake when on a diet, think of when you were 10 and your friend urged you to help him with his schoolwork. To “tempt” is to make an attempt to persuade someone to do something bad.
- Inquire:Has anyone in this room ever been enticed by something?
- For example, we will learn from God’s Word today that Satan attempted to tempt Jesus in the desert, but Jesus rejected temptation by turning to God’s Word for assistance.
- He tempts you when you’re hungry, angry, lonely, or exhausted, among other things.
- Satan attempted to entice Jesus shortly after He had been baptized by His cousin, John the Baptist.
- The Word of God is alive and active in our lives.
- – Hebrews 4:12a (the Bible) Teacher: Display your weapon as well as your Bible.
- After Jesus was baptism, the Bible claims that the Spirit “immediately” took Jesus into the desert.
According to the book of Mark, Jesus was “among the wild beasts” at the time (Mark 1:13).
Jesus was alone in the wilderness, having just been baptized, and He was in a bad way.
For 40 days, Jesus didn’t eat anything.
Hungry Please allow me to speak for a moment on the subject of fasting.
Fasting is done for a variety of reasons.
47Jesus, the One and Only).
Preparing food, eating it, and cleaning up afterward all take a significant amount of time.
When you fast, you have the opportunity to devote all of your time to prayer. It is through this action that you communicate to God and to yourself that He is more important to you than your daily food intake.
The First Temptation (Matthew 4:1-4)
Jesus was famished after 40 days and 40 nights of fasting and fasting without food. He was confronted by the tempter. His words were, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.” he said. – Matthew 4:2–3 (NASB) The “tempter” was a slang term for the devil, also known as Satan. With the statement “If you are the Son of God,” Satan attempted to cast doubt on Jesus’s character and claim. Teacher: Show a stone and a loaf of bread to demonstrate. Say:According to the account of Luke, Satan attempted to entice Jesus throughout His forty days in the desert (Luke 4:2).
- Satan was obviously aware that Jesus was in desperate need of food!
- Of course, Jesus had the ability to bake bread.
- (Matthew 6:35-44; Mark 8:1-20; Luke 6:35-44) Making bread was not a difficult task for Jesus.
- “It is written: ‘Man does not live by bread alone.'” Jesus said.
- Teacher: Show your Bible and sword to the audience once more.
- It pierces through the doubts of the devil like a knife.
- God humbled the Israelites in the wilderness, as Moses reminded them in Deuteronomy 8:3, when He brought manna from heaven, and Jesus was paraphrasing this verse.
It is the desire to understand God.
What did Satan entice Eve to do, you might wonder?
And what did Satan attempt to persuade Christ to do?
What do you think is similar?
Application: We must use caution in order to keep our fleshly cravings under control.
The most significant resemblance between the two situations is that Satan attempted to sow the seed of doubt in both instances.
“IF you are the Son of God.” he said to Jesus.
The Second Temptation (Matthew 4:5-7)
The devil then transported Jesus to the holy city, as follows: He arranged for Jesus to stand on the highest point of the temple structure. “If You claim to be the Son of God,” he replied, “cast Yourself to the ground.” “The Lord will instruct his angels to take excellent care of you,” it says in the Bible. They will take your hands in theirs and hoist you up. It will prevent slipping on a stone.'” (Psalm 91:11,12; 91:13,14) – Matthew 4:5-6 (New International Version) According to historical records, a portion of Herod’s temple stood around 450 feet tall.
- Jesus was challenged by Satan to fling himself on the ground.
- Satan attempted to persuade Jesus to do anything that would cause God to intervene on his behalf.
- He is in a position of authority over us.
- Although God is certainly capable of rescuing His children from terrible peril, acting stupidly and expecting God to intervene is putting faith in the hands of an imperfect God.
Note to the teacher: Psalm 78:17-22 describes God’s wrath against the Israelites when they challenged Him in the wilderness.
Satan quotes Scripture –
What if I told you that Satan is well aware of all that is stated in the Bible? To Jesus, he read the following verse: “The Lord will direct His angels to take excellent care of you.” They will take your hands in theirs and hoist you up. You won’t trip over a stone if you do this. – Psalm 91:11–12 (KJV) It is true that God can and does protect His children, but we must always remember that we must exercise good judgment in our decisions. God is not a laboratory for human experimentation. Satan was urging Jesus to “push the limits” with God in order to win his favor.
- “It is also stated, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test,'” Jesus said.
- It literally means “to force God to prove Himself.” God is a holy being.
- He is under no need to prove anything to anyone!
- Teacher: Show your Bible and sword to the audience once more.
- It cuts through the deceptions of the devil like a knife.
The Third Temptation (Matthew 4:8-11)
Finally, the devil transported Jesus to the top of a very tall mountain. He took Him across the world, showing him all of the kingdoms and their splendor. “If You would bend down and worship me,” he declared, “I will give You all I possess.” “Get away from Me, Satan!” Jesus said to the devil. ‘Worship the Lord your God,’ it says in the Bible. ‘He is the only One who deserves your devotion.’ 10:8-10 – Matthew 4:8-10 Satan gave Jesus the opportunity to control the entire world. The world, on the other hand, was not even Satan’s to offer (Psalm 22:28; Isaiah 37:16).
- It was Satan’s overpowering desire for power that ultimately led to his rebellion against God.
- On the contrary, Jesus already possessed all authority and glory, but He voluntarily chose to come to earth and sacrifice His life in order to save mankind.
- He, on the other hand, did not believe that being equal to God was something he should cling to.
- He took on the very character of a servant in order to survive.
- He had the appearance of a guy.
- He was entirely obedient to God, even though it resulted in his death.
- – Philippians 2:5-8 (New International Version) For His eternal dominion, Satan was promising Jesus temporal leadership of the world in exchange for His acceptance of his offer.
Could it be that he believed that Jesus would desire worldly power in order to put an end to the evil and misery that exist on the earth?
Satan might have expected Jesus to be ready to bring everything under His command once more.
Jesus did not come into the world in order to put an end to all of the issues that exist on the planet.
If Jesus had bowed down to Satan, He would have committed a sin, according to the Bible, which states that we are only supposed to worship the one true God.
As Jesus maintained His attention on theeternal, He realized that it was more preferable for Him to stay sinless so that He might be the replacement for all humanity and therefore provide issue life to all who trust in Him.
Teacher: Show your Bible and sword to the audience once more.
It is capable of cutting through the devil’s nefarious schemes.
The devil then abandoned Jesus.
-Matthew 4:11 (The Bible) Angels are God’s representatives on earth.
What a difference it makes!
God expelled Satan from the earth, and angels appeared in his place.
He has a lot of intelligence.
We are all born with a sin nature, unlike Jesus, who was without sin (Romans 5;12; 7:18).
Because of this, we must rely entirely on the power of God in order to avoid the devil’s traps.
The good news is that we all have access to the same demon-defeating instruments that Jesus used to combat the devil.
The best of intentions will not be enough to beat the wicked one!
Otherwise, we shall be defeated ourselves.
Every temptation that we face has been experienced by our high priest, just as it has been experienced by us.
– Hebrews 4:15 (PowerPoint) “Resist the devil, and he will depart from you,” says the key verse.
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Jesus is tempted (Matthew 4:1-11) – The identity of Jesus – CCEA – GCSE Religious Studies Revision – CCEA
Jesus was brought into the desert by the spirit, where he was tempted by the Devil. Jesus was starving after forty days and nights of fasting and fasting. When the Devil urged Jesus to convert stones into bread, he said, “Human beings cannot survive on bread alone; they require every word God says.” The second temptation presented itself when Jesus was tempted to fling himself from the highest pinnacle of the temple and command angels to capture him. To which Jesus said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Last but not least, the Devil gave Jesus all of the kingdoms of the earth in exchange for his devotion of him.
A stained-glass window representing Christ’s temptation is shown in the chapel.
Understanding the text
It is possible to get insight into the challenges that Jesus was grappling with during his forty days in the desert by looking at the three temptations that Matthew narrates.
- Jesus’ initial difficulty was whether to utilize his miraculous power for selfish motives or to benefit others. “Tell these stones to become bread”– The first dilemma that Jesus faced was deciding how to use his amazing ability. While fasting for forty days and nights, Jesus denied himself the option to eat anything to fulfill his need for food. ‘Fling yourself down’– Jesus was instructed to throw himself from the highest pinnacle of the temple, demonstrating that he is not concerned with material things but with spiritual sustenance provided by God. When it came to this particular instance, the Devil himself used scripture. The challenge to Jesus was to misuse his authority once more. However, it also required Jesus to demonstrate that he was the Messiah and that God truly cared about him. For Jesus, this was a critical question to answer since he would be confronted with it over and over as people questioned his identity and authority
- “Bow down and worship me”– This temptation challenged both Jesus’ loyalty to God and his ambition to wield political power. However, Jesus demonstrated that his vision of a Messiah was not one who possessed governmental authority, but rather one who placed God’s kingdom above all else.
Each temptation is met by a passage from the Old Testamentbook of Deuteronomy, which Jesus uses to answer. That when Jesus is tempted and believes that he is in a tough circumstance, he turns to God’s word for direction is seen in this passage. In response to the temptations, Jesus grew stronger and more equipped for his mission as a consequence of his rejection of three incorrect methods of going about his business:
- Provider of solely material requirements for others
- A magician who uses his abilities to perform miracles and achieve fame
- A politician who gives in to wickedness in order to obtain political power
Chapter 11: Jesus Is Tempted
Jesus walked into the desert in order to be with the Father. The Savior had a conversation with the Father in Heaven. He fasted for 40 days and did not consume any food throughout that time. The devil appeared to Jesus and tempted Him in order to demonstrate that He was the Son of God. First, he instructed Jesus to transform several pebbles into loaves of food. Jesus was hungry, but He was also aware that He should only use His ability to benefit other people, rather than himself. He did not follow the devil’s instructions.
- In a second temptation, the devil told Jesus that he should leap off the temple wall.
- He said that if Jesus was indeed the Son of God, the angels would not allow Him to be harmed by the Romans.
- He was well aware that it would be inappropriate for Him to utilize His sacramental powers in this manner.
- He took Jesus across the world, showing him all of the kingdoms and wealth.
- Jesus stated that He will only follow the commands of His heavenly Father.
- The demon had vanished.
- Jesus was eager to get to work on His mission.
If Jesus Could Not Sin What Was the Point of Satan Tempting Him?
“Get away from me, Satan!” Jesus said to him. Because it says in the Bible, “Worship the Lord your God and serve him alone.” (Matthew 4:10; Luke 4:10) Following his third temptation in the wilderness, Christ responded in this way to Satan, according to the Bible.
Satan must have known that Christ would not sin, yet he attempted to entice Him despite this knowledge. What’s the point? In addition, given that Satan’s attempts were futile, why is this story included in the New Testament?
The Three Temptations
For 40 days and nights, Christ had not eaten a single bite of food. Immediately following his cousin John’s baptism, he withdrew to the desert to be with the Father and to pray for the first time in his life. Satan attempted to demolish the Savior while he was at his most vulnerable. In three points, he challenged Jesus to follow through on his promises: 1. Turn stones into bread by baking them (Matthew 4:3) 2. Jump from the temple’s peak, allowing the angels to rescue Him (Matthew 4:6) 3. Submit to the devil’s will and adore him in exchange for power (Matthew 4:8-9) While Jesus was waiting for the proper temptation, Satan continued to raise the stakes, as if he felt Jesus was merely waiting for the best offer.
The Son was completely and completely obedient to the Father.
According to one author, Satan attempted to draw Christ away from God’s side, and he “believes he will succeed.” Ultimately, he wants to “somehow murder Jesus” and therefore experience victory over God, presumably as a kind of retribution for having been put into the flaming pits of Hell with his other conspirators as a result of their rebellion. In light of the fact that Jesus was both entirely God and totally man, and so was able to empathize with the reality of human temptation, Satan must have anticipated that He would succumb to His fleshly cravings.
Immanuel was sent “in the shape of sinful flesh,” yet He did not have His heart set on the things of this world.
Because Christ lived by the Spirit, Satan was unable to entice Him in the body.
What is the reader supposed to do in the face of Satan’s futility? And how can we live up to Christ’s sinlessness when we know that if we were subjected to this kind of pressure, we would “likely succumb to it”? Instead than making us feel small, the goal is to empower and educate the reader on how he or she may better resist temptation. According to James 4:7, we have the ability to resist the Devil if we follow Christ’s example and submit to the Lord’s will. Christ is our role model: use the Word to combat the wicked one and adore the Almighty.
This story occurred because God permitted it, and we may learn from it about how to maintain our composure in the face of temptation, just as God authorized Satan to tempt Job, and Job responded by worshiping the Lord.
When the Devil persuaded God’s Son to be obedient somewhere else, he offered him the opportunity to take power from and avoid the upcoming hardships at Satan’s side.
When faced with hunger or exhaustion, believers are more inclined to commit sin.
As Jesus waits for God to tend to His body, he puts his faith in the Father’s eternal plan and submits to the will of the Father. We, as Christ’s heirs, have the ability to do so as well. The snake is defeated.
Straight Path in the Wilderness
Utilizing the actual words of God, Matthew 4:1-11 urges Christians to expect and bear evil without succumbing; nevertheless, it also demonstrates how to oppose evil by using the very words of God. Even Christ, rather than presenting some fresh insight, referred to Scripture in order to defend Himself. “I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which may build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified,” Paul remarked in his farewell address to the Ephesian elders (Acts 20:32).
“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God,” according to John 1:1, “and the word was God.” While confronting Satan, Christ guards Himself primarily with ― Himself; the unchangeable fact of who He is: the unchangeable I AM.
“Christ was the first to reference scripture in His fight with Satan,” according to the Bible, and he did so repeatedly, always opening with the words “It is written.” Today, Satan distorts Scripture in order to confound and deceive us, which is why we must be well-versed in the Scriptures. We make use of the Word of God, which is “sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12), and in doing so, we summon the power of Christ for our protection. “The words of our Lord serve as a model for Satan.” Once Satan grasps the significance of Jesus’ defense, he “seeks to undermine our Lord’s faith in the Father.” Possibly, Satan attempted some “subtle twisting of God’s word,” and “the enemy felt certain that he might destroy our Lord even on scriptural grounds!” Christ, of course, has the upper hand in this situation.
- Not only does the word matter, but so does the speaker.
- “Every word of God hangs in the balance,” says the Son.
- There are a lot of words.
- In the case of those who are “hostile to God,” they are not “submissive to God’s law” (Romans 8:7).
- God had stated that “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3).
- Christ did not prostrate himself before Satan in return for power because Satan has no such power: “Fear the LORD your God, and serve him alone” (Deuteronomy 6:13).
Jesus didn’t need to say anything new since the Father had already said enough via the Torah He provided to Israel when they were wandering in the desert. In Hebrew, the word Deuteronomy literally translates as “Words.”
When taken out of context, the words of the Lord appear dead and weak. Christ, on the other hand, always understood what the Father was getting at when He said something. He didn’t read the Bible in order to gain something for himself out of it. Rather than testing God, Jesus studied the word in order to put his faith in God. “Pay close attention to appropriate interpretation” and “hide God’s word in your heart so that you might live by it” are some of the advice. This is both our shield and our weapon, so to speak.
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