3. a. Jesus was in the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
b. The temptation endured by Jesus in the wilderness encourages us because it means he understands what we go through. The time of fasting, testing, and temptation also prepared him for ministry. Afterward, “…Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee…And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.'” Luke 4:14–19
4. a. Eve believed the tempter who led her to believe that God was holding out on her due to His own ego. She doubted God’s loving care for her. Jesus did not doubt or waver in His belief—even when the devil twisted the scripture. Jesus knew the nature of His father and the nature of the devil. He didn’t allow the desires of His flesh to sway Him from His purpose.
Similarity: Both Jesus and Eve were tempted with something to eat.
Difference: Jesus had not eaten in forty days. He was legitimately hungry and there was nothing available to eat. He trusted God to provide.
Adam and Eve weren’t hungry. They had all the other fruit available. They were really being tempted with doubting God’s truthfulness and love for them.
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