Loving God Holy

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Mt. 4:1-11 The Temptation of Jesus

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

In this chapter we find four sections: The Temptation of Jesus, Jesus Begins to Preach, The Calling of the First Disciples, and Jesus Heals the Sick. We will be reading The Temptation of Jesus today.

In Bible.org, they have a complete discussion on this topic called, "The Temptation of Jesus, Part I," Matthew 3:13—4:4, "The Second Temptation of Jesus, Satan’s “Leap of Faith,” Matthew 4:5-7, and "The Third Temptation of Jesus," Matthew 4:8-10.

It may serve us very well to read it, because we are always tempted. We could learn from our Saviour.

The Temptation of Jesus
4:1-11--Mk 1:12, 13; Lk 4:1-13

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2After fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. 3The tempter came to Him and said, "If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

4Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' "

5Then the devil took Him to the holy city and had Him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6If You are the Son of God," he said, "throw Yourself down. For it is written:

" 'He will command His angels
concerning You,
and they will lift You up in their
so that You will not strike Your foot
against a stone.' "

7Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' "

8Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9"All this I will give You," he said, "if You will bow down and worship me."

10Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.' "

11Then the devil left Him, and angels came and attended Him.