From Pastor Perry

Matthew 4:5-7

2nd Temptation

Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him 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,

lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ ”

Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”

 

 

The devil sought to overthrow Jesus’ previous use of Scripture by quoting a psalm in which God promises to command His angels to protect those who trust in Him (though significantly Satan omitted the phrase “in all your ways”). Satan misquotes Scripture and Jesus quotes Scripture back correctly.

 

I pray:  O Lord, help me to study your Word so that I can discern what is your Word and what isn’t.  Amen.

Matthew 4:2–4 (ESV)

The Temptation of Jesus

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.’ ”

 

Here, Jesus quoted Moses’ explanation to Israel of why God had let them hunger in the wilderness. Life does not depend on food alone but on the Word of God. Jesus did not exhibit His own glory by performing a miracle but displayed trust in the Word of His Father.[1]

 

I pray: O Lord, I love your Word and the spiritual food it gives me.  Help me to always hunger for your Word.  Amen.



[1] Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1583.

Matthew 4:1 (ESV)

The Temptation of Jesus

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

 

Just one verse today and not much seems to be said, but that is not true.  It is interesting to note that it is the Holy Spirit that leads Jesus out into the Desert.  So simply put, God (Holy Spirit) is leading God (Jesus) into the wilderness.  Why?  “To be tempted by the devil.”  This reminds me that we pray in the Lord’s Prayer “Lead us not into Temptation”, but here we see God leading Jesus into temptation.  It goes to show us that Jesus was tempted by the devil.  Jesus knows what it is like and he still says no to the devil.

 

I pray: O Lord, help me and protect me from temptation and deliver me from evil.  Help me to say no, even when the temptation has me wanting to say yes.  Amen.

Matthew 3:16–17 (ESV)

The Baptism of Jesus (Part 2)

16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

 

What happened after the Baptism of Jesus was startling and completely unexpected. The entire Trinity was revealed when the Father’s voice declared Jesus to be His beloved Son and the Spirit descended on Him. Mel: “In the New Testament the three persons are most clearly revealed in the baptism of Christ, where the Father says, ‘This is My beloved Son,’ and the Son is seen standing publicly in the river, and the Holy Spirit sits in visible form upon the Son” (Chem, LTh 1:51).[1]

 

I pray: O Lord, we get a glimpse of the Holy Trinity at your baptism.  The “Let us make man in our own image” was revealed.  Amen.



[1] Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1582.

Matthew 3:13–15 (ESV)

The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.

 

Jesus comes out to the desert to be baptized by John.  John doesn’t want to baptize Jesus… and I agree with him.   John tells Jesus: “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”  However, Jesus pushes the issue and wants to be baptized.  Jesus tells him “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”  Well, John goes ahead with baptizing Jesus.

 

I pray: O Lord, I don’t always understand your ways or know exactly what you are doing, but help me to follow your commands.  Amen.

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