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Jesus Tempted
Bible Passage Matthew 4:1-11
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books Deuteronomy, John, Matthew.

Jesus Tempted

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 17, 2023

SCRIPTURE 📖
1 After this, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

2 After fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, he finally became hungry.

3 Then the tempter came. “Since you are the Son of God,” he said, “tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”

4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘One must not live on bread alone, but on every word coming out of the mouth of God.’”

5 Then the devil took him to the Holy City and had him stand on the highest point of the Temple.

6 He told Jesus, “Since you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, because it is written, ‘God will put his angels in charge of you,’ and, ‘With their hands they will hold you up, so that you will never hit your foot against a rock.’”

7 Jesus responded to him, “It is also written, ‘You must not tempt the Lord your God.’”

8 Once more the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, along with their splendor.

9 He told Jesus, “I will give you all these things if you will bow down and worship me!”

10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! Because it is written, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

11 So the devil left him, and angels came and began ministering to him.

 

BACKGROUND
In everyday life the Christian is faced with choices to make; choices to lure us into trouble or have the heaves clap to honor. Jesus was equally confronted with such temptations throughout His ministry. Immediately after being appointed to His messianic ministry, Jesus was tempted by Satan to use His messianic powers in the wrong way. Satan’s aim was to make Jesus act according to His own will instead of in obedience to His Father. All this were just after Jesus had finished His 40 days and nights of fasting.

Jesus had gone many weeks without eating and was obviously very hungry. Satan, therefore, used Jesus’ natural desire for food to suggest that He should use His supernatural powers to create food and eat it. Jesus knew that food was necessary for a person’s physical needs, but He also knew that obedience to God and His word was more important. God alone would decide when and how His fast would end.

Living in a world of unbelievers, Jesus could be very frustrated at their refusal to accept Him. He was therefore tempted to perform some spectacular feat that would prove once and for all that He was the Son of God. For instance, He could jump from the top of the temple in front of the people, asking God to keep Him from being hurt. But to call upon God to save Him from an act of suicide would be a sin. It would be putting God to the test by demanding that He act in a certain way merely to satisfy an individual’s selfish desire. You doesn’t go crossing the road carelessly thinking that God should save you if you have the time to check for coming vehicles before crossing the road.

Then came the temptation to gain worldwide rule through compromising with Satan and using His methods to gain power. As the Messiah, Jesus had been promised a worldwide kingdom, but the way to that kingdom was through laying down His life in sacrifice. God wants people to enter His kingdom because they have a willing desire to serve Him, not because they are helpless subjects of force or cunning.

In each case, Jesus answered the temptations by quoting principles taken directly from the Scriptures. All the references were to the experiences of Israel in the wilderness (Deut 6:13,16; 8:3), suggesting again the identification that the Messiah felt with His people in their varied experiences.

These were not Satan’s only temptations (Luke 4:13). Jesus continued to be tempted with suggestions to put His physical needs before His Father’s will (see John 4:31-34), to prove His messiahship to unbelievers by performing miracles (see Matt 16:1-4) and to gain a kingdom through anyway but the cross (see Matt 16:21-23; John 6:15 ).

 

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Doing the will of the Father should be paramount and suppress any personal feelings and desires

🔷 Believers must study the scriptures and apply them appropriately lest the devil will use the same scriptures and capitalism on their ignorance to lead them astray.

🔷 Children of God will always face the temptations and troubles of which they must be careful of their choices

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Ask God to help you make informed choices to deliver you from all temptations
💥 Pray that you will have your daily provisions from God

AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections