Mathew 4. Forum Discussion

Topic: Temptation

Chapter 4 begins with Satan’s efforts to tempt Jesus. It is important to understand the setting here. Jesus has been fasting for 40 days and for 40 nights. The Devil, no doubt knew Jesus was vulnerable, and tries to tempt Jesus on three different 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.

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. 

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. As always, Jesus is our perfect example. While we can’t be Jesus, we can try to be Christ-like and mirror His behaviors and actions.

How do we act when we are tempted? Do we try to use things of the world to fight off the temptations, or do we do as Jesus did and seek the scriptures for guidance? The more we know about the scriptures, the better we will become at applying them correctly.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

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

“Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.” – Mathew 4:11.

James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

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.

In verses 12-17, Jesus begins His ministry. Then beginning with verse 18, Jesus calls His first disciples. As we read the following verses, pay attention to the word, “Immediately”:

“Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” – Mathew 4:18-20.

“Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.” – Mathew 4:21-22.

The teachable moments here have to do with the disciples acting, “Immediately.” They did not stop to gather more information. They didn’t ask for time to think it over or wait for a more convenient time. They listened to Jesus, and they obeyed immediately. That is what we are called to do and in doing so, we will be doing God’s will for us and be acting in a righteous and honorable way.

Chapter 4 concludes with Jesus teaching and preaching throughout all of Galilee. He heals every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people, and word starts to spread quickly about Jesus. With the added attention that Jesus receives, He glorifies His father and uses the opportunity in front of Him to teach those that will hear His message.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Mathew 5 and hear a sermon preached by Jesus, Himself! May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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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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Dan

Amen!

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What should we do when we are tempted to sin?

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We 've to be strong resisting the devil and he will flee from us

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