Three tests and Kingdom preaching
Matthew 4:1-4 – A Wilderness Temptation: ‘If you are a son’
|| Mark 1:12, 13; Luke 4:1-4
MT4:1 Then Jesus was led up into the wilderness by the Pneuma to be tempted by the Devil. MT4:2 After fasting for forty days and forty nights he felt hungry. MT4:3 And the Tempter approached Jesus and said to him, “If you are a son of The God tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” MT4:4 But, Jesus replied and said to the Devil: “It has been written [by Moses]: ‘Not on bread alone will humans live, but upon every utterance coming forth through God’s Mouth.’” [Deuteronomy 8:3]
Temptation of Jesus in desert. Hole, William: The Life of Jesus of Nazareth. Eighty Pictures. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The sent one from God after he was baptised went into the desert to meditate. Being alone with his thoughts did not liberate him from bad thoughts coming up in his mind. Jesus was allowed into the wilderness to be tested, like all of us are allowed to be tested and to prove ourselves.
God has given mankind the freedom to think and to take decisions for him self. God is no dictator Who prohibits man to think and to decide for himself. Though we should know that already from the beginning of times man has shown to have a sort of weaknesses, doubting those who are higher placed than they. The first human beings rebelled against the Most High Maker. They took adversary against God. The adversary of God or satan is in each of us and Jesus as a man of flesh and blood had this also in him.
Satan or the the ‘tempter’ brings man to question the relationship with God. He also caught Jesus to be a prey. A young man starting his public life and having to prove himself for the community. Fasting, having hunger, knowing we need our daily bread, the tempter tried to seduce Jesus with the offer of ‘bread’.
We may not forget what is the cause of the temptation of man, they wondering if God had the right to be their ‘dominant’ or their ‘Father‘. Many do forget that is the whole key to the fall of man. Man not willing to accept God as their Father, Who may tell them what to do.
Satan wants us to believe that we’re not children of God. When the adversary of God tours around us, in our mind, temptation will come in the form to make use doubt the position of the Most High God. Man gets blinded by his own thoughts which try to mislead him.The adverser will use our relationship with God as a weapon against us. He also wants us to believe we do not need God, but that we are able to live on the material of the earth, like bread, and that those goods will keep us alive.
From this chapter we also can see that baptism is no liberator of temptation. When we are baptised it does not mean that we would not any more be tempted or would not sin any more. Be not mistaken, the adversary of God is always there to get us away from God. Even when we are sometimes doubting he will be more at work.
Temptation of Christ in the Wilderness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Perhaps the moments we take time to think about everything and to be just on our own, meditating, are the most dangerous moments to become tempted, doubting ourselves, our own ‘I am‘ and the Most High ‘I Am’ the ‘I Am that I Am‘ or the ‘I Am Who is‘.
Too many people do forget that Jesus could be and was tempted many times. God cannot be tempted, but Jesus as an ordinary man (though specially made by God) was like any man able to sin, but never did sin. Jesus never went against the wishes of God. He could put his own will aside for doing the Will of God.
 Was led: Mark 1:12 says the Spirit “drove” so that Jesus became “driven” into the desert.
 Tempted: God cannot be “tempted” (James 1:13,) though Jesus is here, three times.
 Devil: The Greek is DIABOLOS. Meaning “Slanderer,” or “Liar,” this name for Satan occurs 36 times, never in the Hebrew Bible and first here. Note that the Dragon is on hand when the “woman gives birth” to a spiritual Son (Revelation 12:4).
 Forty days: An experience shared by only two others: Moses and Elijah (Exodus 24:18; 1 Kings 19:8).
 Hungry: Jesus becomes hungry several times in the Gospel accounts (Matthew 21:18; Mark 11:12). May it be assumed that God cannot become hungry?
 If you are a son: Two things are noticed here: the word “if” is an attempt to create doubt; and, the Devil calls Jesus “a son” knowing full well he is “the Son.”
 Stones: These have already been mentioned when John spoke of God’s ability to make sons of Abraham from stones (Matthew 3:9).
 Bread: Self-denial was the law of our Lord’s mission (Philippians 2:6-8).
 Written: The first Bible verse quoted by Jesus (Deuteronomy 8:3).
 Utterance: The Greek is RHEMATI. Or, KJV: word; RHM: declaration; KNX: words.
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