Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] 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 shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]”
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.’[c]”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 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.’[e]”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
There are a few things we can learn from this:
- Matthew 4:1 and Jesus was led into the desert. Question, how many times do we allow the Spirit to direct us in life? Especially in big things that really affect us. Okay, essentially it is considered wisdom to allow the Spirit of God to direct us in all matters concerning life for He is wisdom and knows all that is best and always wants the best for us hence the importance to seek Him first before undertaking any major or minor tasks in life. Jesus though God and man at the time allowed the Spirit to led him. This way, He knew he would be effective in what He planned to do for the Spirit of God is grace, wisdom, love and power. Just like Jesus I feel it is important to call the Holy Spirit to direct us in the period of fast to that we can be effective. Allow the direction of the Spirit to as to be effective. For Jesus He had to fast 40days and nights to achieve that which was needed for His ministry ahead. Now for some of us the Spirit may direct us to fast for a shorter period. The Spirit may also instruct us to fast other things apart from food of course to achieve a particular purpose. What the Spirit chooses for us is for the graces needed and for calling/purpose ahead of us.
- Know your tempter. Jesus knew His tempter. He knew the tempter is cunning, evil and just wants to destroy Him and hence was able to deal with him. The tempter is the devil. He does not play fair, he is not sweet, kind or polite. He is full of envy, pride and bitterness. He comes to steal, kill and to destroy(John 10:10b) and if we don’t know this we may easily fall loose the battle for you cannot win a battle if you don’t have knowledge of your enemy.
- Obedience to God means victory. Imagine if Jesus had obey the devil and fell victim to anyone of his tricks(temptations)? If he did, it would mean slavery to the devil. You see, the devil will trick us to fall into his trap so that he can enslave us to always dogs bidding. For example: if Jesus listened to fears that he was hungry and changed the stones to bread it would means the devil would have a chance to always enslave him through fear. But Jesus Christ won. Why? He choose to obey His Father above all else. Obey God for because He is God and because He always wants what is best for us.
- Know to your scriptures. Jesus was able to counter the devil through the scripture. Scriptures are powerful when used appropriately, at the time to fit a particular situation. The scripture has truth(John 8:32)you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. The truth is power because the truth is Jesus Christ (John 8:36). So, know your scripture, apply to all situations like Jesus taught us how to and I believe we shall make it for we are powerful and conquers through scripture( the sword of the Spirit the word of God). One example of using the scripture to counter the devil: what is humanly impossible is possible for God(Philippians 4:13).
- Finally, the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us. He is faithful to the end. It is written in Matthew 4:1:11- The devil left him, and the angels of the Lord came to attend to him. So, go forth in boldness and courage and know that out of love God will never leave you nor forsake you. He will see you to completion into His glory. Amina.