Satan suggested, “… tell these stones to become bread.” Matthew 4:3b —Jesus quoted, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Deuteronomy 8:3
Satan suggested, “…“throw yourself down.” The angels will catch you. (My paraphrase) Matthew 4:6 —Jesus quoted, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ Deuteronomy 6:16
Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and said, “All this I will give you,”…if you will bow down and worship me.” Matthew 4:8–9 —Jesus quoted, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ Deuteronomy 6:13
b. In all three temptations, Satan tempted Jesus’ ego. The first two, Jesus was tempted to prove who He was. In the last, He was tempted with earthly power. Yielding to any of the three temptations was rejecting God’s plan.
c. Jesus’ three temptations are the same types of temptations common to us today: I have heard others define the temptations as lust of the flesh (hunger of all types); lust of the eyes or covetousness; and lust for power and glory. Giving into temptations is often taking matters into our own hands out of impatience, an attempt to take control, and lack of trust in God. We have all created our own Ishmaels as a result. Resisting temptation is self-denial—Taking up our cross to follow Him.
7. a. God sent angels to attend to Him. Matthew 4:11
b. In the temptation that immediately comes to mind, I failed. I remember feeling like David, “Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:11 I am so thankful He didn’t.
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