Bible Gateway passage: Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13 – New International Version
- Mark 1:13 The Greek for tempted can also mean tested.
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2. Satan Tried to Tempt Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4)
TITLE OF THE PPT The main point is that Jesus was confronted with every temptation that we experience, yet He never sinned.Resist the devil, and he will flee from you, according to James 4:7.NIV Props include a Bible, a sword, a stone, and a loaf of bread, among others.
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 sin but was able to resist the temptation.In James 1:13, we are told that ″God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anybody″ (NIV).As a result of hearing the term ″the temptation of Christ″ so many times, we have come to associate it with our own ″feeling tempted″ (an inward desire to commit sin).
Christ does not have a sin nature in the same way that we have.Christ’s temptation was an outward demonstration of his vulnerability to Satan’s schemes.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″ someone is to attempt to persuade them to do something bad.Consequently, to ″be tempted″ implies that someone is attempting to persuade you to do something bad.Inquire: Has anyone in this room ever been enticed by something?
Was it difficult for you to resist the temptation and do the right thing?Say something like this: Today we’re going to hear from God’s Word about how Satan attempted to tempt Jesus in the desert, but Jesus was able to overcome temptation by relying on the Word of God.This is what we will learn about Satan in the next weeks: Satan is a highly cunning individual.He tempts you when you’re hungry, angry, lonely, or exhausted, among other things.Satan will also entice you if you have recently experienced a fantastic spiritual event in your life.Satan attempted to entice Jesus shortly after He had been baptized by His cousin, John the Baptist.
- This is what we will study about Jesus in the next weeks: Jesus utilized Scripture to defend himself against Satan’s assaults.
- The Word of God is alive and active in our lives.
- It is sharper than any sword with two edges, and it has a longer blade.
- – Hebrews 4:12a (the Bible) Teacher: Display your weapon as well as your Bible.
- Say this: Just as a sword may fight a military adversary, God’s Word can defeat our adversary, the devil, much more effectively.
After Jesus was baptized, the Bible claims that the Spirit ″immediately″ took him into the desert to fast and pray.The word ″wilderness″ is frequently rendered as ″desert″ in other languages.According to the book of Mark, Jesus was ″among the wild beasts″ at the time (Mark 1:13).We can infer that He was away from other people throughout this time.Jesus was alone in the wilderness, having just been baptized, and He was in a bad way.
- However, the book of Luke provides us with considerably more information.
- For 40 days, Jesus didn’t eat anything.
- Consider the following question: How would you feel if you didn’t eat for 40 days?
- Hungry Please allow me to speak for a moment on the subject of fasting.
- The act of fasting is the deliberate decision to refrain from eating in order to devote all of your focus to prayer.
Fasting is done for a variety of reasons.Jesus was probably fasting in order to approach God and avoid any distractions, according to the scholars (p.47 Jesus, the One and Only by Beth Moore).The majority of the time, individuals fast because they desire to devote all of their time and energy to prayer.
- Preparing food, eating it, and cleaning up afterward all require a significant amount of time.
- When you fast, you have the opportunity to devote all of your time to prayer.
- It is via this action that you communicate to God and to yourself that He is more important to you than your regular 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’ claim to be God’s Son.Teacher: Show a stone and a loaf of bread to demonstrate.
According to the account recorded in Luke, Satan attempted to seduce Jesus throughout His forty days in the desert.Say: (Luke 4:2).Satan was well aware that Jesus had been fasting for forty days without eating.Satan was obviously aware that Jesus was in desperate need of food!He was also well aware of Jesus’s greatness.Of course, Jesus had the ability to bake bread.
- We will discover that Jesus provided bread for many thousand people on two separate occasions!
- (Matthew 6:35-44; Mark 8:1-20; Luke 6:35-44) Making bread was not a difficult task for Jesus.
- Nevertheless, Satan’s use of the word ″if″ suggests that the devil was wondering whether Jesus was indeed God or not.
- ″It is written: ‘Man does not live by bread alone.’″ Jesus said.
- ″ Additionally, he survives on every word that comes from God’s voice.’ (See Deuteronomy 8:3 for further information.) Jesus said in Matthew 4:14.
Teacher: Show your Bible and sword to the audience once more.God’s Word is like a sword, as the saying goes.It slices through the devil’s doubts like a knife.When Jesus said, ″It is written,″ he was alluding to the written word of God.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.
- The fact that Jesus cited this passage from the Bible demonstrated that there is something far more vital than bodily requirements.
- It is the desire to understand God.
- We should take note of the similarities and differences between this temptation and the one that Eve faced in the Garden of Eden.
- Inquire as to what Satan tempted Eve to do.
- Consume fruits and vegetables.
And what did Satan attempt to persuade Christ to do?Make some bread.What do you think is similar?Both temptations are related to eating.
- Application: We must use caution in order to keep our fleshly cravings under control.
- Not only does our desire for food increase, but so does our appetite for things that are harmful for us, such as too much television, poor visuals, and so on.
- The most significant resemblance between the two situations is that Satan attempted to sow the seed of doubt in both instances.
- ″Did God really tell you not to eat the fruit?″ he inquired of Eve.
- ″IF You are the Son of God…″ he said to Jesus.
- Inquire: Have you seen how Satan is attempting to cause people to question themselves?
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.It is possible that Satan transported Jesus to Jerusalem in order for him to stand on that particular portion of the temple.Jesus was challenged by Satan to fling himself on the ground.
If Jesus was God’s Son, he said, God would undoubtedly shield Him from such a fate.Satan attempted to persuade Jesus to do anything that would cause God to intervene on his behalf.For example, you may say to God, ″God, I know you can protect me, therefore I’m going to step out onto a dangerous highway, and You must keep me safe.″ We are not permitted to do so since we do not have authority over God’s will.He is in a position of authority over us.God is not compelled to serve us in any way.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 Teachers: Psalm 78:17-22 describes God’s wrath against the Israelites after 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?He read this scripture to Jesus: ″The Lord will direct His angels to take excellent care of you,″ he said.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.Jesus quotations from the Bible – By referencing Deuteronomy 6:16, Jesus addressed the underlying issue at hand.″It is also stated, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test,’″ Jesus said.″Do not put the Lord your God to the test.″ – Matthew 4:7 (KJV) The term ″test″ in this context does not refer to the type of test you may take in school.It literally means ″to force God to prove Himself.″ God is a holy being.He reigns as the supreme ruler of the universe.
- He is under no need to prove anything to anyone!
- Do not put God to the test by attempting to ″test″ him.
- Teacher: Show your Bible and sword to the audience once more.
- God’s Word is like a sword, as the saying goes.
- It is able to cut through the deception of the devil.
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).
Exactly this was the temptation that had entrapped Satan and resulted in his expulsion from paradise.Satan’s insatiable desire for power was the impetus for his rebellion against the Creator God.Satan is the one who aspired to be something greater than he already was.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.According to the Bible, Jesus (Jesus Christ) was God by his own essence.He, on the other hand, did not believe that being equal to God was something he should cling to.
- Instead, he reduced himself to naught.
- He took on the very character of a servant in order to survive.
- He was created in the shape of a human being.
- He had the appearance of a guy.
- He had sunk to the lowest possible level.
He was entirely obedient to God, even though it resulted in his death.In truth, He died on a cross for our sins.- 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.Perhaps Satan felt he could take use of Jesus’s kindness to his advantage.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?
- Can you fathom what Jesus must be thinking as He looks around at the suffering, violence, crime, poverty, abuse, and torture that exists in our world?
- Satan might have expected Jesus to be ready to bring everything under His command once more.
- This world will, in God’s time, be entirely under God’s control, but that time has not yet come for this planet.
- Jesus did not come into the world in order to put an end to all of the issues that exist on the planet.
- Jesus came into the world to atone for the sins of the entire world (1 John 3:5).
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.Jesus was able to see the broad picture.While on earth, Jesus maintained His emphasis on the eternal – it was far preferable for Jesus to stay spotless so that He might be the replacement for all humanity, allowing those who believe in Him to be granted immortality.Jesus referred to the Bible once again.
- Teacher: Show your Bible and sword to the audience once more.
- God’s Word is like a sword, as the saying goes.
- It is capable of cutting through the devil’s nefarious schemes.
- To RESIST the devil is to command him to depart from you according to James 4:7.
- The devil then abandoned Jesus.
- An army of angels appeared and took care of Him.
– Matthew 4:11 (New International Version) Angels are God’s representatives on earth.They came to Jesus to offer their services to Him.What a difference it makes!On the one hand, Satan was attempting to lure Jesus away from God.God expelled Satan from the earth, and angels appeared in his place.Application: Satan will do all in his power to seduce, deceive, and trap any and all followers of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 5:8).
He has a lot of intelligence.He is well aware of all of our flaws, and he will make every effort to catch us off guard.We are all born with a sin nature, unlike Jesus, who was without sin (Romans 5;12; 7:18).This indicates that, in the absence of God’s assistance, we are compelled to rebel against God.
- Because of this, we must rely entirely on the power of God in order to avoid the devil’s traps.
- Following Jesus’ example allows us to tap into God’s transforming power.
- The good news is that we all have access to the same demon-defeating instruments that Jesus used to combat the devil.
- Do not be taken in by this trick!
The best of intentions will not be enough to beat the wicked one!A wily, deceptive adversary can only be defeated with the divine instruments God has provided us – God’s Word, prayer, and praise – and only these will suffice.We have a high priest who has the ability to sense when we are weak and in pain.Every temptation that we face has been experienced by our high priest, just as it has been experienced by us.He, on the other hand, did not sin.
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Learn to Battle Temptation Like Jesus Did in the Wilderness
Jesus’ response to Satan’s temptation in the desert serves as an example for believers to follow.The temptation to sin or to disobey God is a universal experience that everyone must face at some point in their lives.Jesus exemplified the correct response: to resist with the assistance of God and his Word, which is our most effective weapon in combating the lies of the devil and refuting his claims.
The Lord’s confrontation with Satan in the wilderness took place for our benefit.It was part of God’s plan of redemption to demonstrate that he was tempted ″in every way, just as we are″ before he became a man (Hebrews 4:15).
Question for Reflection
Using a tremendous thrust of God’s sword, Jesus overcame Satan’s attacks and won the victory over him. When you are tempted, do you fight it with the truth of the Bible, or do you try to beat it with your own insufficient resolve and determination? We would do well to follow in the footsteps of our Savior.
The tale of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness is found in Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, and Luke 4:1-13, among other sources.
Satan Tempts Jesus in the Wilderness Story Summary
In the desert, after being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus Christ was led by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil, who he ultimately rejected.Jesus fasted for 40 days at that place.Satan challenged Jesus, saying, ″If you are the Son of God, command this stone to turn into bread.″ (Luke 4:3, English Standard Version) In response, Jesus quoted Scripture, reminding Satan that man does not survive only on the bread he consumes.
Then Satan took Jesus up into the air and showed him all of the kingdoms of the world, telling him that they were all under the power of the Devil.In exchange for Jesus’ submission and devotion, he offered to hand them the keys to the kingdom of heaven.The following is another quotation from the Bible that Jesus used: ″You shall worship the Lord your God, and him alone shall you serve.″ 6:13 – Deuteronomy 6:13 – In the third temptation, Satan led Jesus to the roof of the temple in Jerusalem, where he challenged him to hurl himself from the cliff.
The Devil used Psalm 91:11-12 to indicate that angels would defend Jesus, but he misrepresented the scriptures as such.Deuteronomy 6:16 was the verse that Jesus quoted back to them: ″You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.″ (ESV) Satan withdrew from Jesus after realizing that he could not vanquish him.Then angels appeared and began to minister to the Lord.
Life Lessons and Themes
Between Satan and Jesus, there was no little amount of bloodshed.The will of God and the will of the devil collided in a terrifying collision.Jesus was tempted by Satan to sin, in the hopes of destabilizing God’s plan of redemption.
Satan knew that a sinful Messiah could not be an acceptable sacrifice for mankind.However, Jesus has always been able to see through the Devil’s deceptions, and he is far more powerful than the devil himself.Three areas of temptation are presented to Jesus by Satan, which correspond to temptations that are prevalent to all of us today: desire of the flesh (hunger of various kinds), lust of the eyes (or covetousness), and the pride of life (or lust for authority).
Satan’s first temptation is an effort to persuade Jesus to have doubts about God’s provision for him.By transforming stones into bread, Jesus would be acting independently of his Father and relying on his own strength to satisfy his own requirements.When the Lord responds, it becomes clearer that spiritual nutrition is more important than bodily nourishment.During the second temptation, Satan attempts to persuade Jesus to put God’s promise of protection against bodily injury to the test.Jesus, on the other hand, refuses to put his Father’s faithfulness and protection to the test.He has entire faith in God and does not require such tests.
- The third temptation of Satan provides Jesus with the opportunity to seize control of the kingdom and avoid the crucifixion.
- The Lord’s response is unequivocal in its refusal to make any concessions.
- In other words, he would not worship false gods, but would instead be completely devoted to God alone.
- The devil nearly always portrays sin as acceptable and desirable, but the truth of God’s Word is the only solution available.
- Given that Jesus was entirely human, he is able to empathize with our difficulties and provide us with the specific assistance we require to avoid temptation.
Points of Interest
- The temptations of Satan are listed in a different order in Matthew and Luke. Mark only provides a synopsis of the event. According to the Gospel of John, there is no mention of it
- Jesus’ 40 days of fasting are a reminder of the 40 years that the Israelites wandered in the desert as well as the 40-day fasts of Moses and Elijah
- The Spirit of God led Jesus into the wilderness or the place of temptation, but it was not God’s Spirit that caused him to be tempted. Satan attempted to seduce Jesus. There is no need for us to blame God for the temptations we endure
- Satan’s seduction of Jesus immediately following his baptism was no accident. Many new Christians go through comparable trials and tribulations immediately following their conversion and baptism.
″Can you tell me what the significance and purpose of Jesus’ temptations were?″ ″An Interpretation of St. Matthew’s Gospel,″ as the title suggests. The English Standard Version (ESV) Study Bible.
Bible Gateway passage: Matthew 4:1-11 – New International Version
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Where did the devil tempt Jesus?
Immediately following his baptism by John the Baptist, Jesus was subjected to 40 days and nights of temptation by the devil in the Judaean Desert. During this time period, Satan approached Jesus and attempted to entice him. After Jesus rejected each temptation, Satan withdrew from the scene, and Jesus went to Galilee to begin his public ministry.
How did Jesus resist Satan’s temptation?
When it comes to temptation, Jesus set the bar high for us to follow. Satan was forced to go because he refused to back down. When you take a stance against Satan, he will retreat from your presence as well. It’s not always simple, but it’s always the correct thing to do.
How did Jesus handle temptation?
Jesus was tested in every aspect, just as you and I are tested in our lives. Despite the fact that He was entirely God, He was subjected to Satan’s temptation. Throughout the course of His temptation in Luke 4:1-13, Jesus preserved His integrity by remaining steady in the face of everything Satan threw his way.
What is the meaning of Matthew 4 11?
It is the eleventh verse of the fourth chapter of Matthew’s gospel in the New Testament, and it is the eleventh verse of the entire Gospel of Matthew. Satan’s third temptation has just been rejected by Jesus, who has ordered him away. In this final verse of the temptation drama, the devil flees and Jesus is attended to by angelic messengers.
How long did Jesus live after resurrection?
According to Christian belief, Christ physically left from Earth by ascending into Heaven, in the presence of eleven of his disciples, which is referred to as the ‘ascent of Jesus.’ According to the New Testament story, the Ascension took place forty days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
What age was Jesus when he was baptized?
According to Luke 3:23, Jesus was ″about 30 years of age″ when he began his public ministry.
What was Jesus Last Temptation?
A dream or alternate reality is depicted in The Last Temptation of Christ’s eponymous final sequence, in which the crucified Jesus—tempted by what turns out to be Satan in the form of a beautiful child—comes down from the cross, marries Mary Magdalene (and later Mary and Martha), and lives out the rest of his life as a full-fledged human being (as opposed to an angel).
What are the three things that tempt us to sin?
(We are tempted by three things: the body, the world, and the devil.) In the Summa Theologica, Thomas Aquinas makes several allusions to the world, the flesh, and the devil.
What did Jesus say when the devil tempted him?
Matthew 4:11 – 11 – 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.
What was Jesus mission?
Jesus came to earth to spread the Good News – to give people a better knowledge of the Kingdom of God and the eternal hope that they may have because of His sacrifice.
Why was Jesus baptized?
Jesus was baptized in order to ceremonially wash himself before to being filled with the Holy Spirit, according to possibility number three. Until recently, the only man permitted by God to enter the Holy of Holies, the most sacred place in the temple where God’s Spirit resided, was the Jewish high priest.
What was the first recorded miracle of Jesus?
Water is transformed into wine during the Marriage at Cana, also known as the Wedding at Cana, in the Gospel of John. It is the first miracle credited to Jesus in the gospel.
Is death an angel?
In Abrahamic religions, for example.″The Angel of the Lord″ strikes 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in the camp of the king of Babylon (II Kings 19:35).Death is also referred to as the Angel of Darkness and Light in Jewish tradition, a designation that derives from Talmudic history.
Also mentioned is ″Abaddon″ (The Destroyer), an angel who is also known as the ″Angel of the Abyss″ (Angel of Destruction).
Why did Jesus become human?
The latter places a strong emphasis on the incarnation’s soteriological significance: the Son of God became a man in order to redeem us from the consequences of our sins.However, the former talks of the incarnation as the fulfillment of God’s Love, of his desire to be present and dwelling among us, to ″walk in the garden″ with us, whilst the latter speaks of it as a fulfillment of God’s Will.
What is the Bible verse Matthew 4 19?
The following is the passage from the King James Version of the Bible: And he says unto them, ″Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.″
Where in the Bible did Satan tempt Jesus?
Throughout the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we find a full account of Christ’s temptation.Immediately following his baptism by John the Baptist, Jesus was subjected to 40 days and nights of temptation by the devil in the Judaean Desert.During this time period, Satan approached Jesus and attempted to entice him.
To read the complete response, please click here.What is the significance of Matthew 4:11, taking all of above into consideration?It is the eleventh verse of the fourth chapter of Matthew’s gospel in the New Testament, and it is the eleventh verse of the entire Gospel of Matthew.
Satan’s third temptation has just been rejected by Jesus, who has ordered him away.In this final verse of the temptation drama, the devil flees and Jesus is attended to by angelic messengers.As an example, what Bible passage states, ″Get Behind Me, Satan?″ It is recorded in the King James Version of the Bible that Jesus tells Satan to get thee away from him, for it is written, ″Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.″ And when was Jesus confronted with temptation on the mountaintop?Mount Temptation is a hill in the Judean Desert that is believed to be the location where Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:8).The particular site is unclear, and it is hard to pinpoint where the incident took place.What does the Bible say about attempting to tempt the Almighty?
- The following is the text from the King James Version of the Bible: Jesus answered unto him, ″It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God,″ which means ″You shalt not tempt the Lord your God.″ The Lord, your God, shall not be put to the proof.’″
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 his baptism, Jesus required time to process the revelation of his identity revealed to him by the words of his Father: ″You are my beloved Son, and my favor is upon you.″
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.He will direct his angels concerning you, and with their hands they will support you so that you do not strike your foot on a stone, as it is written.
″Again, it is stated, you shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test,″ Jesus said.″You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.″ He was taken up to a very high mountain by the devil, who showed him all of the kingdoms of the earth in all their splendor, and then told him, ″All of this I will give to you if you would prostrate yourself before me and worship me.″ ″Get out from here, Satan!″ Jesus said to him.It is written: ″You shall worship the Lord, your God, and you shall serve him alone,″ says the Bible.The devil then left him, and behold, angels appeared and began to tend to him.
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. Do we perceive temptations as opportunities to turn to God rather than relying on our own abilities?
- 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. What if our temptations are a call to abandon the sort of person we aspire to be and instead turn to harmful means of satisfying our needs?
- 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?
- Are we going to utilize the forty days of Lent as a period of retreat, setting aside time for extra introspection and prayer?
- Next Week
- Lent index
The Temptation of Christ
- In this video, Dr Rachel Moss from Trinity College Dublin examines the Book of Kells’ depiction of Jesus Christ’s temptation. It is recorded in three of the gospels that after Jesus was baptized, he walked into the wilderness and fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. During this time period, Satan came to Jesus and attempted to entice him on three separate occasions. On fol. 202v, a scenario depicting what is often referred to be Jesus’ third temptation is represented. It purports to depict the following text from the Gospel of Luke 4:9-12, which follows a few pages later (fol. 204r): 9 ″If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here,″ the devil told him as he was placed on the pinnacle of the temple, saying, ″For it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ 12 As a response, Jesus stated, ″It is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’″ 1st Illustration The Temptation of Christ is shown on Folio 202v. The Trinity College Board of Trustees of the University of Dublin. This is an unusual representation of the situation, and it is perplexing. It is unclear why this text was chosen for illustration over many other more theologically relevant ones
- it has a number of elements that do not immediately link to the biblical passage
- and it contains a number of additional features that do not directly belong to the biblical passage.
Jesus Christ is seen looming huge both on top of and behind a lavishly painted structure, which is assumed to be a representation of the Old Testament Temple of Solomon, in this painting (1 Kings 6.6).The artist who created the illustrations for the Book of Kells opted to depict this in the form of an early Irish timber church, which is distinguished by its modest rectangular shape and steep pitched roof.This building’s decorating is done in the same colors as were used to decorate another Old Testament structure, Moses’ Tabernacle, which was ornamented with textile hangings in the same colors as this one (Exodus 25-27).FIGURE 2: A detail of the Temple, which is on the Trinity College, University of Dublin’s Board of Visitors Fig.3: The Temple MacDara in Co.
Galway, which demonstrates the peculiar shape of early Irish cathedrals.The Trinity College Board of Trustees of the University of Dublin.Figure of the Devil in Western art is a very early portrayal of the shape with which we are now acquainted – inky black (albeit initially with more reds and browns), with cloven feet, and a twisted tongue (although this was not always the case).His significance in relation to Jesus Christ is plainly demonstrated by his lesser stature and the fact that he is depicted below the Christ image on the shield.In any case, either the artist or an early reader felt the need to emphasize the point, and microscopic examination has revealed that the figure was stabbed many times.Figure 4: The Board of Trinity College, University of Dublin, shown as the Devil.
A close-up view of the stab marks is shown in Figure 5.The Trinity College Board of Trustees of the University of Dublin.While some of the characteristics listed above appear to correspond to the account told in the Bible, some characteristics do not.A haloed person standing at the Temple’s entryway is carrying two crossed rods in his hands.Usually understood as Christ the Judge or Christ the Triumphant, this position may be found on some somewhat later high crosses, as well as on some earlier ones.In the Temple’s entryway, there is a figure in Figure 6.
- The Trinity College Board of Trustees of the University of Dublin.
- FIGURE 7: Figure of Jesus Christ as Judge/Triumphant Christ on the tenth-century high cross at Termonfechin in County Louth, Ireland The Trinity College Board of Trustees of the University of Dublin.
- The structure is surrounded by throngs of people.
- This is in direct conflict with the Bible, which describes Christ as being alone during the temptations.
- The artist has gone to great lengths to make the faces seem different from one another.
If you think about it, this might be a reference to the second temptation, during which Jesus Christ was carried to a high point and shown every country in the world, with the promise that they would all be his if he worshiped the Devil (Luke 4:5-8).Figures 8 and 9 show the faces of people in the throng (fol.202v).The Trinity College Board of Trustees of the University of Dublin.Some academics believe that, in addition to recalling the temptation(s), the depiction was intended to convey a broader symbolic sense.
Others disagree.They argue that the Temple is truly the body of the Church, with Jesus Christ as its head, based on the evidence of current biblical commentators.In this case, the person at the entryway might symbolize a typical metaphor of that period – the concept of a saint or holy figure as a column,’ or support, for the Church, while the people below are the living stones,’ or members of the congregation.
The Temptations of Christ
While battling the challenges of mortality, there may be moments when we will become exhausted, weaker, and vulnerable to the temptations that seem to be thrown in our path.The narrative of the Savior’s life has a valuable lesson for us today.Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert shortly after his baptism, where he spent the rest of his life.There he remained for forty days and nights, preparing himself for the formal ministry which was soon to begin.The largest mission that had ever been undertaken on this planet lay ahead of him, and he need heavenly assistance to do it.
It was during these days in the desert that Jesus made the decision to fast in order for his mortal body to be entirely surrendered to the heavenly influence of his Father’s Spirit.When Jesus had finished his forty-day fast and had spent time in prayer with God, he was left in this hungry and physically weakened state to be tempted by the devil.That was also going to be a part of his preparation.At such times, we are most exposed to the temptations of the devil, since we are emotionally and physically exhausted, vulnerable to his ideas, and least equipped to reject them.This was a dangerous hour, the kind of moment in which many men fall prey to the devil’s subtle allurement and succumb to his enticing words.Satan’s initial temptation was to persuade Jesus to give in to his hunger, which was the most fundamental bodily and biological need of all.
Temptation of the senses, as well as an appeal to one’s taste buds, was among the most prevalent and potentially lethal of the devil’s allurements.When he asked if he was the Son of God, he was told to ″order that these stones be transformed into bread.″ (See Matthew 4:3.) After weeks of thought and prayer, the Savior had been nourished by the elevation of spirit that inevitably accompanied such devotion to God and contact with the skies.In such a committed mindset, corporeal desires were suppressed and superceded, yet the demands of the flesh were unavoidable at this point in the journey.Satan was not only attempting to get Jesus to consume anything.If he had said, ″Go down out of this desert and seek food from the bread maker,″ there would have been no temptation because it was unquestionably Jesus’ intention to eat at the conclusion of his fasting period.Satan’s temptation was to have him consume in a spectacular manner, taking use of his almighty abilities for his own selfish gain.
- The temptation was in the invitation to miraculously transform stones into bread in an instant, without the need to wait or postpone bodily fulfillment.
- When confronted by the tempter, Jesus’ response was unequivocal: ″It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.″ (See Matthew 4:4) After that, there was a second temptation.
- Because Satan had failed miserably in his attempt to persuade Jesus to use his divine powers for his own physical gratification and because he had witnessed Jesus totally submitting himself to the will and spirit of his Father’s provision, he went to the other extreme, tempting Jesus to willfully place himself under the protection of the Father.
- Then he took him to Jerusalem, to the temple’s pinnacle, where he looked down on the spacious courts and crowds below, and quoted scripture: ″If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.″ (See also Matthew 4:6 and Psalm 91:11–12.) Another temptation of the human part of mortal nature lay beneath the surface of Satan’s appeal: the urge to do some brilliant performance, some astonishing achievement that would draw large throngs of startled and interested viewers.
- Jumping from the dizzying heights of the temple turret and landing in the courtyard unharmed would surely qualify as a remarkable achievement.
In other words, there would be public acceptance that Jesus was a higher entity with a message from the highest beings.It would be a sign and a wonder, and the news of it would spread like wildfire over all of Judaea, leading many to assume that the Messiah had truly arrived on the scene.However, faith must come before the miracle; miracles, on the other hand, must come after the faith.It goes without saying that Jesus responded to scripture for scripture by saying, ″Again, it is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord your God.″ (See also Matthew 4:7 and Deut.6:16.) Once again, Satan’s plans were foiled, and Christ was crowned victorious over the adversary.
During his third temptation, the devil abandons all hints of subtlety and scripture, as well as all deception and disguise.Now he was putting everything on the line with a straightforward, audacious offer.From the top of a mountain, he revealed to Jesus all of the kingdoms of the earth, as well as their splendor—the towns, the fields, the sheep, the herds, and everything else that nature had to give.Satan presented them everything to Jesus, despite the fact that they were not his to bestow.This was despite the fact that Jesus had led a simple village carpenter’s life.Seeing wealth, magnificence, and earthly glory all laid out in front of them, Satan said to him, ″All these things will I give thee in exchange for your falling down and worshipping me.″ (See Matthew 4:9.) Last but not least, Satan was relying on one of his erroneous but essential notions, one that culminated in his expulsion of one-third of the hosts from heaven and the continuation of his heinous campaign against the children of mankind on this planet.
In other words, it is the concept that everyone has a price, that material things are ultimately what important, and that you can purchase everything in this world for money in the end.As a result of his faithfulness to his Father and obedience to every commandment, Jesus knew he would inherit ″everything that Father hath″ (D&C 84:38), just as any other son or daughter of God would do the same.Accepting the gifts of time or eternity on Satan’s terms is the surest way to forfeit those rewards.Lucifer appeared to have forgotten that this was the same Man who would later preach, ″For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?″ Lucifer appeared to have forgotten that this was the same Man who would later preach, ″For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?″ ″Or what is it that a man is willing to surrender in return for his soul?″ (Matthew 8:36–37).
- ‘Get thee hence, Satan,’ Jesus said, commanding with authority and dignity: ″It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only, and him only shalt thou serve.″ (See Matthew 4:10) Satan, distraught and dejected, turned and walked away from the scene.
- In Luke’s words, ″and when the devil had finished all of the temptation,″ the demon ″withdrew from him for a season.″ (See Luke 4:13 for more information.) ″Angels appeared to him and ministered unto him,″ according to Matthew.
- (See Matthew 4:11.) Relief and miracles are experienced by us, just as they were by Jesus, after we have been tested and tempted by our faith in him.
- All of these temptations are connected by Satan’s deceptive implication that Jesus was not the Son of God, and the uncertainty conveyed by his frequent use of the word if, which runs through them all.
- Then, if you are the Son of God, command that these stones be turned into bread.
- (See Matthew 4:3.) ″If thou art the Son of God, prostrate oneself before me.″ (See Matthew 4:6.) All of this, of course, was a prelude to the last, tragic temptation that Jesus would face three years later: ″If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.″ (See Matthew 27:40.) Nevertheless, Jesus remained patient in the face of this ruse as well, knowing that in due course, every knee would be bowed and every tongue confess.
- It was not essential for Jesus to satisfy the curiosity of men, especially unholy men, at that time or any time in the future.
- In the same way that Jesus triumphed in every confrontation, the drama and tragedy of Lucifer’s existence become increasingly more apparent: first bold, mocking, and enticing; then begging, weak, desperate; and then, and ultimately, simple expulsion The question for us now is whether or not we will be successful.
- Will we be able to hold our ground?
- Will we be the ones to don the victor’s tiara?
- Despite the fact that he believes he has lost Jesus, Satan does not feel he has lost us.
He continues to lure us, tease us, and beg us to be faithful to him.As we fight this struggle, we should draw courage from the truth that Christ was triumphant not as a god, but as a human being.When we think about Jesus, it is crucial to recall that he had the capacity to sin, that he might have succumbed, that the plan of life and salvation could have been thwarted, but that he stayed faithful.If there had been no potential of his succumbing to Satan’s temptation, there would have been no true test, and no genuine triumph as a consequence.
To have been bereft of the ability to sin would have been equivalent to being stripped of his very ability to act.It was he who had come to protect and preserve the agency of the individual human.He would have had to maintain the ability and capacity to sin if he had choose to do so.
As the apostle Paul wrote, ″Though he were a Son, yet learnt he obedience by the things which he suffered″ (Heb.5:8); and he ″was in every points tempted as we are, yet without sin″ (Heb.4:15); and he ″was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin″ (Heb.4:15).(Heb.
- In other words, he was pure and blameless not because he had to be, but rather because it was his obvious and deliberate desire to be so.
- According to the Doctrine and Covenants, ″He was subjected to temptations, yet he paid no attention to them.″ (See also D&C 20:22.) What about the rest of us?
We live in a world of temptation—temptation that appears to be more real and oppressively prevalent than at any time since the days of Noah and his family.Are we able to maintain our faith in such a world?Every member of this congregation should examine his or her own life and ask himself or herself, ″Am I living in such a way that I am remaining unspotted from the ills of the world?″ ″Classify them, and you will find that nearly every given temptation that makes you and me spotted, ever so little maybe, comes to us as (1) a temptation of the appetite; (2) a yielding to the pride and vanity of those alienated from the things of God; or (3) a gratifying of the passion, or a desire for the ribbing of the ribbing of the ribbing of the ribbing.″ Afterwards, he stated, ″Now, when do temptations strike?For one thing, they come to us in our social gatherings, they come to us at our weddings, they come to us in our politics, they come to us in our business relations, on the farm, in the mercantile establishment, in our dealings in all the affairs of life, we find these insidious influences at work, and it is at this point that the defense of truth should exert itself.″ (David O.
- McKay’s Conference Report, published in October 1911, page 59.) Is it just possible for an individual to fight Satan’s temptations, or can a group of people do so as well?
- Most assuredly, The Lord would be delighted with His Saints if they were to stand before the world as a beacon of light that could not be concealed because they are willing to live according to the gospel principles and to observe all of the commandments of the Lord.
- Our ability to remain unspotted in the midst of a world of temptation is based on faith, prayer, and humility, as well as the presence of spiritual resources from an eternal universe.
- ″Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me,″ we shall sing with the Psalmist.
- You set a feast before me in the face of my adversaries; you anointest my head with oil, and the cup overflows.’ ″Surely goodness and mercy will accompany me all the days of my life, and I will live in the home of the Lord for all of eternity,″ says the prophet.
- (See Psalm 23:4–6.) In the name of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, I hope that this will be our ultimate destiny.
Searching the Scriptures: How to Face Temptation
″Searching the Scriptures: How to Deal with Temptation,″ by John Piper.The Ensign, August 1973, page 68 In the end, the victor will inherit all, and I will be his God, and he will be my son.″ (See Revelation 21:7.) In both ancient and modern texts, we are instructed that temptations do not come from God, but rather from Satan, or that they are the product of our own wants or inadequacies.If anybody is tempted, let him not claim, ″I am tempted by God,″ for God cannot be tempted with evil, nor does he tempt any man.″However, when a man is tempted, he is pulled away from his own passion and seduced.″ ″When lust has given birth to sin, sin brings out death,″ says the Bible.(See also James 1:13–15.) According to the Book of Mormon, this is how it works: ″However, the root of the people’s sin was this: Satan had tremendous strength, stirring up the masses to do all manner of evil….
This is how Satan was able to take away hearts from God’s people, who were then dragged away by his temptations to wherever he wished.3 Ne.6:15–17; 3 Ne.6:15–17; 3 Ne.6:15–17.Even Jesus was subjected to temptation in all of its manifestations.
″…he shall go forth, experiencing pains and afflictions and temptations of every sort; and this shall be done in order that the Scripture which says he will take upon him the sufferings and illnesses of his people may be fulfilled.″ (See Alma 7:11 for further information.) And the angel informed King Benjamin that Jesus would ″endure temptations, and bodily anguish, hunger, thirst, and tiredness, even more than man can suffer, except it be till death, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death.″ (See Mosiah 3:7 for further information.) We learn that Jesus ″was tempted in all areas as we are, yet without sin,″ according to the Bible.(See also Hebrews 4:15.) As for Jesus, Abinadi stated that he ″suffers temptation, but does not submit to the temptation.″ (See Mosiah 15:5 for further information.) Also revealed to Joseph Smith was that Jesus ″suffered temptations but paid no attention to them.″ (See also D&C 20:22.) The Lord understands how to liberate us from the grip of temptation, and because the devil has such a powerful capacity to seduce and entice us, it is imperative that we understand the means of deliverance and escape from his clutches.According to the Scriptures, Jesus was tempted ″in order that he may know how to succor his people according to their weaknesses in accordance with the flesh.″ (See Alma 7:12 for further information.) Peter said that ″the Lord knows how to rescue the godly out of trials″ (2 Peter 2:9), and the Lord has given confidence that he ″knoweth the frailty of man and how to succor those who are tempted″ in these latter days (D&C 62:1).Some of the means by which the Lord has devised to safeguard his people against the temptations of Satan are listed in the following section.This is what the Bible says: ″Therefore, submit yourselves to God.″ When you resist the devil, he will depart from your presence.
- (See James 4:7) Because of Jesus’s refusal to yield to temptation, the tempter himself began to lose confidence and even began to beg for forgiveness.
- ″If thou are the Son of God, demand that these stones be transformed into bread,″ Satan mockingly taunted Jesus at first.
- After being rejected, he attempted a another approach: ″If thou art the Son of God, prostrate thyself down…″ Having been rejected by Jesus yet again, the devil ″showeth him all the kingdoms of the earth, with their splendor″ in order to win his attention.
- ″All these things will I grant thee if thou shalt fall down and worship me,″ Satan pleaded with Jesus this time, his voice breaking with despair.
- ″Then the devil departeth from him,″ Jesus said after another rejection.
(See Matthew 4:3–11 for further information.) As a result, according to the Bible, ″Blessed is the man who endureth temptation…″ (See James 1:12 for further information.) In a same vein, Alma instructed the people to ″withstand every temptation of the devil, by their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.″ (Alma 37:33; see also Prayer is a powerful weapon against the temptations that come our way.″…you must watch and pray at all times lest ye be tempted by the devil, and lest ye be taken away prisoner by him…lest ye get into temptation; for Satan desires to have you in order to sift you like wheat,″ Jesus said in Matthew 4:17.(18:15, 18) 3 Ne.
18:15, 18.″Be prudent in the days of your probation; strip yourself of all uncleanness;…ask with a firmness that will not be shaken, that ye will succumb to no temptations, but that ye will serve the true and living God,″ Moroni advised.(Morning 9:28.) ″…be on your guard unto prayer continuously, that ye may not be led away by the temptation of the devil, that he may not overcome you,…
for behold, he rewardeth you with no good thing,″ Alma said.(Alma 34:39; cf.Some, on the other hand, would not take use of the resources provided, ″nor would they attend church services to continue in prayer and petition to God on a regular basis, so that they could not fall prey to temptation.″ (See Alma 31:10) As an additional safeguard for his people, the Lord has provided a way out: ″There hath not taken you any temptation above that which is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able; but will with the temptation provide a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.″ (1 Corinthians 10:13.) In order to avoid being tempted beyond what you can bear, you must first humble yourselves before the Lord and call on his holy name, then watch and pray constantly, so that you may not be led by the Holy Spirit into temptation beyond what you can endure.(Alma 13:28; cf.
- In contrast, error results in the chastening of a loving Father, allowing us to be forgiven and blessed: ″Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you…
- those whom I love I chasten in order that their sins may be forgiven, for with the chastisement I prepare a way for their deliverance in all things out of temptation.″ (See also D&C 95:1.) When you undergo chastening, God will treat you as he would treat sons; for what son is he who does not receive chastening from his father?
- For the time being, no chastening appears to be cheerful, but instead is terrible; nonetheless, it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who are exercised by it in the long run.″ (See also Hebrews 12:7, 11.) The faithful have heard him say: ″Because thou hast maintained the word of my patience, I will likewise keep thee from the hour of temptation, which will come over all the world, to trial those who dwell upon the earth.″ He has also said: (See also Rev.
- 3:10.) Finally, Paul put it succinctly: ″Do not be overpowered by evil; rather, conquer evil with good.″ (See Romans 12:21.) Through adherence to the Lord’s commands and willingness to accept correction from his servants, one can earn ″the Holy Spirit of promise, whereby ye are sealed