The Temptation of Jesus (Part 1)
Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”
But he answered, “It is written,
“ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
Jesus is lead into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil. Think about what I just said, or think about what the Scriptures just said. Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit. It
is God who sends his son to be tempted by the devil. It is necessary for Jesus to be tempted in the most powerful way and to stand firm. Jesus accomplishes what the children of Israel could not. We can't point our finger at them because we
have failed in living a sinless life. If He is to be our Savior, he must pass the test. This does not mean that Jesus had to earn the right to be God, because he was already God. The first temptation comes after fasting 40 days and nights,
and the Bible says "He was hungery." Yes, I bet he was! I know I would have been starving after the first day or two, but Jesus fasted for forty days. So what does the devil do? He goes right after his hunger: “If you are
the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” He is getting Jesus to take care of his own needs instead of trusting in the Father to provide for him. Jesus replies “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every
word that comes from the mouth of God.” Jesus does not put his hope in himself, but in the Word of God.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not doubt your Word or provisions. Help
me to trust in your Word and to not doubt you. Help me when I pray "and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Forgive me when I doubt and try to handle things on my own. "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those
who trespass against us." Amen.