The Temptation of Christ

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Temptation

Before I made a trip to Israel I used to think of the wilderness mentioned in the Bible as a huge forest. However, I found out it was just barren land with lots of rocks. It is thought that the place where Jesus was first tempted is a barren area northwest of the dead sea and Jericho (v. 1).

The things that Satan tempted Jesus with were very human in character:

  1. An appeal to the “lust of the flesh.” It was that Jesus could satisfy His hunger by commanding the stones to become bread (vv. 2-3). Jesus answered him, saying,  “It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (v. 4). Keep in mind that Jesus was on a forty day fast at the time. Thank the Lord for His answer drawn from Deuteronomy 8:3.
  2. An appeal to the “lust of the eyes.” This was an offer for Christ to control all of the kingdoms of the world if He would just bow down to Satan (vv. 5-7). The Lord  rejected the temptation by quoting Deuteronomy 6:13. Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve” (v. 8).
  3. An appeal to the “pride of life.” This time Jesus is asked to put Himself in a place of danger to show how the Father can deliver Him (vv. 9-11). We are never to bring ourselves into a position of danger simply to “show off” or to demonstrate what great faith we have. Again Jesus rejects the temptation by quoting Deuteronomy 6:16 and the devil departs (vv. 12-13).

Application

A big reason I need to memorize the Word of God is so I can use it when Satan tempts me. I need to continue working on memorizing the weekly memory verses.

Luke 4:1-13 (English Standard Version)

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread." And Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone.'" And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, "To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours." And Jesus answered him, "It is written, "'You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'" And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, "'He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,' and "'On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'" And Jesus answered him, "It is said, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'" And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

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