Matthew 4:1-11 February 8, 2015am:
The Spirit led Jesus to be tempted by the Devil. The Spirit who descended on Him like a dove made Him meek, and yet made Him Bold. If by God’s providence, orders us into circumstances of temptation, for our testing we must not think it strange, but double our guard. Be strong in the Lord, resist, steadfast in the faith, and all shall be well. Wherever God leads us, we may hope He will go along with us, and bring us away more conquerors.
Christ was led to be tempted by the Devil and only by him. Others are tempted when, by their own evil desires, they are dragged away and enticed, but our Lord Jesus had no corrupt nature and therefore He was led as a champion into the field , to be tempted purely by the devil.
If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread. Jesus answered, It is written ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
Illustration: Temptation comes in many forms…for some chocolates…video games…T.V….anything that hinders our walk with Christ, distractions can easily entice us and lead us astray. So be on your guard.
So the tempter renewed his attack from another angle, taking Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple. On the top of the roof of the temple itself there was a stance where every morning a priest stood with a trumpet in his hands, waiting for the first flush of the dawn across the hills of Hebron. At the first dawn light he sounded the trumpet to tell men that the hour of morning sacrifice had come. Why should not Jesus stand there, and leap down right into the temple court, and amaze men into following him.
For two good reasons, why Jesus did not adopt that course of action. First he who seeks to attract men to him by providing sensation has adopted a way in which there is literally no future. The reason is simple; to retain his power he must produce ever greater and greater sensations. Secondly, that is not the way to use the power of God. Deuteronomy 6:16 “Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.” God expects a man to take risks in order to be true to Him, but he does not expect him to take risks to enhance his own prestige. The very faith which is dependent on signs and wonders is not faith. If faith cannot believe without sensations it is not really faith, it is doubt looking for proof and looking in the wrong place. God’s rescuing power is not something to be played and experimented with it is something to be quietly trusted in the life of every day.
Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights and the tempter, Satan Himself came to tempt Jesus when he was the weakest and most vulnerable. Jesus has been communing with the Father while fasting and praying and now was hungry. Rather interesting that Jesus, in human form, would suffer from hunger like you and me but that is exactly why He was tempted in every way like us but was without sin. Jesus is confronted by Satan and tempted a second time and like the first time challenges Jesus on truly asks Him the Question “Are You really the Son of God.” Satan, were you not paying attention to my first answer why ask me a second time? Because Jesus was weak in the flesh and Satan was out to cause Christ to sin.
Let us observe the second temptation, Satan took Christ not by force, nor against his will but moved him to the Holy City in Jerusalem. The second test, Satan said, “Throw yourself Down” his power is real but it is limited, because of all that Jesus endured on the cross for us the body, the saints. Don’t right Satan off he will try to persuade you to fall into temptation but he cannot thrown us down. Therefore let us stop hindering ourselves working for the enemy, let us not fall into his snares and traps but let us live to serve Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 9:12 “If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”
Last Sunday while leaving a lady stated “You know Satan is well versed in Scripture, and she is exactly right. It seems only correct to see how Jesus battles Satan with the Word of God, for all Scripture is 2 Timothy 3:15-16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of Godmay be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Let us apply the example of Jesus when we are confronted by Satan
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” The requirement for battle is to know the word of God, wait on the Lord to give you wisdom and strength as you face temptation. Yet many of us have fallen asleep, let our guard down are easily enticed, lured into temptation and fall because we have failed to heed to our Lord’s instruction. Jesus was in the wilderness to prepare himself for ministry, as he fasted, and prayed God the Father ministered to Him but Satan also tried his best to cause him to stumble and fall but with no success.
Satan is the Liar of lies, don’t trust at his word, he loves misquoting the scriptures of our Heavenly Father and unless we are versed in the Word how will we know the truth.
John 8:31-32 “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Satan loves to pervert scripture because it stands in his way and has baffled his evil, wicked schemes against the saints. Rejoice my brothers and sisters that Jesus has given instruction for angels to watch over us.
As we face temptation let us view how Christ became an overcomer, because he resisted and overcame. Though Satan loves to abuse scripture it does not prevent nor stop Jesus from using it. “Throw yourself down” simply you shall not put God to the test. Satan loves to fill our heads with nonsense and lies. Who are you? Do you know your identity in Christ?
"Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls." - Mathew 11:28