A Bible Study by Paula Yingst …
I would love to know the details of how this testimony was revealed to Matthew, Mark and Luke. Fascinating …
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “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'” [Deuteronomy 8:3].
Then the devil took him to the holy city [Jerusalem] and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.‘ [Psalm 91:11-12]”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” [Deuteronomy 6:16]
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ [Deuteronomy 6:13]“
“Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.”
(Matthew 4:1-17, NIV)
I like the way Luke documented this. He wrote: “When the devil had finished all his tempting, he left him until a more opportune time” (Luke 4:13, NIV)
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Jesus referred to the devil (a.k.a Satan, Lucifer, the tempter, the fallen one, the dragon) as “the prince of this world” (John 12:31). As the Son of God was undergoing intense temptation, he must have realized that Satan could only offer him things that were within his realm — the world and everything in it. Stuff that would be of no value in the afterlife.
Before his arrest and crucifixion, Jesus prayed this for all believers:
“I am coming to you [Father] now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified…. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” (John 17:13-19, 24, NIV)
Do you believe it?