Friday, February 3, 2012

Bible Talk-Matthew 4, The Temptation of Jesus

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Matthew 4 

The Temptation of Jesus

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[a]” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “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.’[b]” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[c]” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. 9“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[d]” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

1. Why does Satan tempt Jesus?

2. Why do you think this account was recorded in the Bible?

3. What are the main messages of this passage?

1 comment:

Special said...

1. Satan tempts Jesus to try and upstage God.
2. This account was recorded in the Bible to make us aware of the temptation that Jesus faced and how he overcame it. It also helps us to know how to overcome temptation too. Jesus resists the devil and so must we. James 4:7 tells us, "Resist the devil and he will flee."
3. The main message is that we can resist the devil too by standing on the Word of God. Jesus repeatedly quotes scriptures in His response to the devil.