Luke 4:1-13 … JESUS DOES BATTLE WITH THE TEMPTER.
Q.1. What makes the circumstance surrounding the temptation of Jesus significant? – (Lk.4:1-3) =
Q.2. What was the Devil trying to achieve? How can this help you to recognize temptations? – (Lk.4:3-8) =
Q.3. How did Jesus resist the temptations of the Tempter? In what way should this fact challenge us? – (Lk.4:4-12) =
Q.4. Will the Devil ever leave us alone? How can overcoming temptation strengthen us? – (Lk.4:13-14) =
The Temptation of Jesus
4 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” 5 And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6 and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 And Jesus answered him, “It is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God,
and him only shall you serve.’”
9 And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
to guard you,’
“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.
Q.1. What makes the circumstance surrounding the temptation of Jesus significant? – (Lk.4:1-3) = Firstly, Jesus had just been baptized, and the Father had expressed His pleasure in His Son and His mission (c.f. Lk.3:21-22). As the sinless Son, Jesus needed no baptism of repentance or forgiveness for Himself (c.f. Lk.3:3). His baptism signalled that He had realized His identity from the Scriptures, and was willing to identify Himself with sinful men in this way (Mt.3:13-15). After this highlight in His life, the temptation came. We should never be surprised if trials follow times of triumph. Christ’s first challenge following His ‘coronation’, was to resist the Devil head-on – Jesus full of the Holy Spirit … was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness (Lk.4:1). Mark’s Gospel account says –Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go into the wilderness … after His baptism (Mk.1:12). Thirdly, the Tempter attacked Jesus when He was physically weak, at the end of a 40 day fast (Lk.4:2). You can be certain that Satan will attack us when we are at our most vulnerable.
Q.2. What was the Devil trying to achieve? How can this help you to recognize temptations? – (Lk.4:3-8) = Though most translations say – If you are the Son of God (Lk.4:3 & 9). It would be better translated – ‘Since you are the Son of God!’ Satan loves to question the very core of our relationship with God, and tempt us to try to reach our goals through earthly and ungodly means. He also tempts us by offering material benefits, fame, and acclaim (c.f. Lk.4:5-8). Mostly, he tries to get us to mistrust God’s plan for the fulfillment of our life purpose. We then do things our way, and not His way, as happened in the Garden of Eden. Any attempt to destroy our dependence on God is a temptation from the Devil. The Devil may even use the Scriptures to lure us into attitudes and actions that are displeasing to God (c.f. Lk.4:9-11).
Q.3. How did Jesus resist the temptations of the Tempter? In what way should this fact challenge us? – (Lk.4:4-12) = It is amazing that Jesus did not say a single thing to repulse the attacks of the Evil One, except to quote the Scriptures! He knew them intimately, and trusted totally in their efficacy. The challenge for the believer is to get to know the Word of God in such a way, that we can clearly evaluate any aspects of life that we may face. We may be accused of being too focused on, or too controlled by what the Bible says. However, the truth is: The Bible is the written Word that leads us to know the Living Word better. People can become easily shipwrecked, if they fail to have a growing knowledge of God through His Word. No decision or wisdom can ever be greater than that gained from dependence on God’s Word. As Jesus confirmed – Man shall not live by bread alone but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Lk.4:4 c.f. Deut.8:3; Mt.4:4).
Q.4. Will the Devil ever leave us alone? How can overcoming temptation strengthen us? – (Lk.4:13-14) = There are times and seasons. God promised Noah after the Flood – While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease (Gen.8:3). To remind us of His promise, God declared – I set My rainbow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth (Gen.9:13). We can expect seasons of spiritual warfare. Here, the concentrated temptations against Jesus were completed – until an opportune time (Lk.4:13). Thankfully, every victory will leave us stronger in our fight against temptations, if we keep on learning and depending on God’s Word.
(Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)
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