Mat 4:2 And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry.
Mat 4:3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”
Mat 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”
Command to himself each time.
Mat 4:5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple,
Mat 4:6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will give his angels charge of you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'”
Mat 4:7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'”
Mat 4:8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them;
Mat 4:9 and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”
Mat 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! for it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'”
Mat 4:11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.
S. There are three basic temptations:
– our physical needs vs. Providence,
– peer pressure vs. Pleasing God,
– short cuts to temporal power vs. Following Jesus alone.
The Bible helps us retain a clear view.
O. Obey God in and through temptation.
Pattern for ministry in chapter 4:
Prayer and wrestling with temptation precedes ministry.
1. General message: Repent.
2. Private invitation: follow me.
What are the commands of Jesus Christ which we need to obey? In disciple-making, Jesus commanded the following in Matthew 28:20: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” What are the commands that we are to follow and teach others as identified by Jesus’ use of the imperative mood in the Greek?
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