The Three Temptations of Jesus

(MatthewThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » 4:1-11)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

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March 09, 2014

 Introduction

Have you already encountered a devilThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... »? I experienced to encounter one when I was the universityWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... » chaplain at WesleyanWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... » University-PhilippinesProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... ». The EducationThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... » Department dean, my fellow pastors and I encountered a devil’s challengeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ». The devil possessed two female students inside the chapel. They were shouting, and scandalizing the university. We believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » their ideas and voiceMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » were not theirs, but of the devil who possessed them.

wupbuilding1Led by spiritPay it Forward Now!. Read more ... »-filled dean of the College of Education, Dr. Corazon Cleto, we wrestled with the devil and casted him out from the bodies of the students. We also persuaded the students to accept the lordship of JesusGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » in their lives. We believe that Jesus won in that instance since the devil left the students. The students did not knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » what happened to them after the struggle.

In our passage, Jesus was approached by the Tempter, the devil, actually the general of all devils, Satan, during the timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » of his physical weakness and hunger. Imagine if you are not eating for 40 days and 40 nights? When Esau/Edom was hungryThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » he sold his birthright to JacobPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » (Gen.25:29-34). In other wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », humanly speaking, if we are hungry, our body is in the state of exhaustion, weak, we become irritable, and decreases concentration and focus.

In that situation Satan appeared to Jesus and tempted him.

 1. The Devil Tempted Jesus as the Son of God (v.3).

Satan said to Jesus, “Since you are the Son of God,” he said, “tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”  The devil knew the powerThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » of Jesus as the SonWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » of GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » and he tested it. The devil thought that Jesus was hungry so he might giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » in and he might “magic” loaves of breadPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... »!

Jesus’ Rebuttal (v.4): “It is written, ‘One must not live on bread alone, but on every word coming out of the mouth of God.'” The WordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of God that he used is paraphrased from Deuteronomy 8:3.

“He humbled you, causing you to be hungry, yet he fed you with manna that neither you nor your ancestors had known, in order to teach you that human beings are not to live by food alone—instead human beings are to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORDCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... ».temptationofjesus1

 2. The Devil Tempted Jesus to Show off His Relationship with God (v.5-6).

Then the devil took him to the Holy City and had him stand on the highest point of the TempleJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... ». This “taking” is not clear to me (v.5, 8). I believe that happening in the passage is real but the “taking” or “transporting” has two interpretations: (1) Jesus defied the gravity through the help of the devil since Satan was “princeA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » of the powers of the air” as written by the ApostleA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » Paul (Eph.2:2). (2) Jesus might also be in trance due to his being hungry.

The devil told Jesus, “Since you are the Son of GodThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... », throw yourself down, because it is written, ‘God will put his angelsThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... » in charge of you,’ and ‘With their hands“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » they will hold you up, so that you will never hit your foot against a rock’“(v.6). The devil used the words in PsalmPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » 91:11-12. The devil used the ScripturesHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » to test613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » Jesus. Jesus might be hungry but he was not a fool.

Jesus’ Rebuttal (v.7): “It is also written, ‘You must not tempt the Lord your God.'” That phrase is taken from Deuteronomy 6:16, “Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.”

 3. The Devil Tempted Jesus’ Loyalty to God (v.8-9).

Once more the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the worldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... », along with their splendor. He told Jesus, “I will give you all these things if you will bow down and worship me!”

Jesus’ Rebuttal (v. 10): “Go away, Satan! Because it is written, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.'” That’s paraphrase from Deuteronomy 6:13, Fear the LORD your God, serve him, and make your oaths in his name.”

 Conclusion

Jesus was in the wilderness among the wild animals according to the account of MarkThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » (Mark 1You Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... »:13). Jesus’ faithThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » was tested, even his courage and wisdomThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... ». Thus we can see faith in action, courage in fearful situation, and wisdom in times of challenge.

Jesus used his knowledge of Scriptures to counter attack all temptations of the devil.

We all face challenges and temptations, from small ones to bigger ones.

The devil is not showing to us as an ugly being. Most of the time he is showing himself through beautiful things and gorgeous human beings. I tell you he is very attractive! Most of the times his arguments and reasoning are very convincing, too. We see that he used the Scriptures to tempt Jesus.

If we know our BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... », the Word of GodThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... », we might have a weapon to counter attack the temptations of the devil.

The Apostle Paul wrote to Ephesians,

“Finally, be strong in the Lord, relying on his mighty strength.

Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the devil’s strategies.

For our struggle is not against human opponents, but against rulers, authorities, cosmic powers in the darkness around us, and evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm.

Put on the Armor of GodFor this reason, take up the whole armor of God so that you may be able to take a stand whenever evil comes. And when you have done everything you could, you will be able to stand firm.

Stand firm, therefore, having fastened the belt of truth around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and being firm-footed in the gospel of peace.

In addition to having clothed yourselves with these things, having taken up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to put out all the flaming arrows of the evilThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » one, also take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (6:10-17).

The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).

I believe the prime temptation of the devil to us nowadays is not reading our Bible. So that we might not know the Word of God, so that we might fall to temptations of the devil. As if he is telling us now:

“No need to read your Bible, you are so tired from the whole day of work and studies. No need to read your Bible since it hinders your relaxation, it hinders in following your favorite shows (“The Legal WifeA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... »”). No need to read your Bible since you cannot understand it. No need to read your Bible since when you are reading it, you always sleepThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... ».”the-holy-bible

Martin LutherThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... » talks about the Bible, the Word of God,

“God is everywhere. However, He does not want you to reach out for Him everywhere but only in the Word. Reach out for it and you will grasp Him aright. Otherwise you are tempting God and setting up idolatry. That is why He has established a certain method for us. This teaches us how and where we are to look for Him and find Him, namely, in the Word” (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

The noted Bible teacher“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » JamesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » M. Gray told a storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » that emphasizes the importance of reading the Scriptures for personal growth.

He said that when he was a young Bible teacher he became deeply impressed by the peaceCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... » and spiritual poise of a friendLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » with whom he often talked.

Since Gray wanted that same stability, he asked his companion the secret of his confident bearing and positive outlook. “It all started through reading Ephesians,” said the manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... ».

Gray was surprised by this simple response. He had read Ephesians many times but had never experienced the same strengthHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » he saw in his friend.

jamesgray1Noticing Gray’s puzzled look, the man explained. “On one occasion, when I was on a short vacation, I took a pocket edition of Ephesians with me. Lying down one afternoon, I read all six chapters. My interest was so aroused that I read the entire epistle again. In fact, I did not finally lay it down until I had gone through it some 15 times.”

He then said, “When I arose to go into the house, I was in possession of Ephesians; or better yet, it was in possession of me. I had the feeling that I had been lifted up to sit together in heavenly places with Christ Jesus–a feeling that was new to me.”

This testimonyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » encouraged Gray to study more the Bible for himself. He began to overflow his mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » and heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » with God’s Word so that he could freely and effectively share it to others (sermonillustrations.com).

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