Mathew 4 Lesson

Temptation

Temptation can occur anytime, and anywhere. If we do not believe this, all we have to do is look at what happened to Jesus at the end of Mathew Chapter 3 and into the beginning of Chapter 4.

Jesus had just been baptized by John the Baptist, and received praise from His Father in heaven:

  • “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” – Mathew 3:17.

In the very next verse, God’s Spirit leads Jesus away to be tempted by the devil.

  • “Then Jesus was led up by the Spiritinto the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” – Mathew 4:1.

Yes, the devil can strike us at any time (1 Peter 5:8).

Therefore, we must always be ready and on guard.

SATAN TEMPTS US WHEN WE ARE VULNERABLE

Mathew Chapter 4 begins with Satan’s efforts to tempt Jesus. It is important to understand the setting here. Jesus had been fasting for 40 days and for 40 nights. The Devil, no doubt knew Jesus was vulnerable and tried to tempt Him on three separate occasions:

  1. With food,
  2. By perverting scripture and trying to get Jesus to test God,
  3. Asking Jesus to worship the Devil in exchange for power and glory.

We will look at each of these temptations and how Jesus reacted to them, and then the lesson will be yours.

TEMPTATION #1

  • And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” – Mathew 4:3-4.

TEMPTATION #2

  • Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’”  Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” – Mathew 4:5-7.

TEMPTATION #3

  • Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’” – Mathew 4:8-10

CONCLUSION

Jesus sees through the Devil’s evil plan, and in each circumstance, He picks the perfect scripture to counter the evil temptations that were put in front of Him. And while we cannot be Jesus, we can try to be Christ-like and mirror His behaviors and actions.

So what about us? How do we act when we are tempted? When we are most vulnerable, and Satan moves in to test us, what are we thinking about?

Do we allow ourselves to be consumed with lust, greed, or ambition? Or do we do as Jesus did, and seek the scriptures for guidance? And the more we know about the scriptures, the better we will become at applying them correctly.

One final note regarding the three temptations of Jesus. Satan’s response after Jesus stood His ground and applied scripture was to leave, to pursue an easier target.

  • “Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.” – Mathew 4:11.
  • “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7.

There are two takeaways from the temptation of Jesus that we can apply to our own lives and our own temptations:

  1. When tempted, search for and apply the correct scripture to guide your actions,
  2. Be strong. If we resist the devil, he will flee from us.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13.

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Dan

...God’s Word...

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Dan

Like the Psalmist, we should “hide gods word in our heart” so that we not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11). We should store it, like Jesus did, to answer Satan’s temptations

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John B
Dan

Amen!

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