“Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.”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.’ “ (Matthew 4:5-7). Satan became aware that he could not tempt Jesus with fleshly desires so he raised the ante and used scripture to tempt Jesus into proving His lordship. “Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ “ (Matthew 4:7). In other words, Jesus’ understanding of the things of God trumped Satan’s misuse of scripture. By having an eternal perspective He could not be tempted in this way either.
Lastly the scriptures record that “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.”All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me” (Matthew 4:8-9). The interesting thing about this is that Satan had the power to offer this to Jesus because the world was his; he obtained it in the garden from Adam. In the same way, by offering it to Jesus in exchange for His worship, Satan was attempting to seize control of Jesus’ heavenly kingdom. Of all the things that might peak Jesus’ interest, this would be it because this was the very reason He came to earth as a man, to regain control of what was lost in the garden. But Jesus could not be fooled. “Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ “Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him” (Matthew 4:10-11). Jesus knew the Father and knew His plan so He could not be tempted in this way either. Jesus proved His faithfulness in being tempted in this way. Satan got nowhere with Him and left at Jesus’ command. Angels attended to Him afterwards as this trial was hard on Him, but He proved that sin, evil and the things of the flesh had no hold on him. He could not be tempted with them.
Now Luke 4:1-13 tells of a story of Jesus and food.
In the wilderness, Jesus endured the devil’s temptation. He was fasting for 40 days and of course was hungry.
The first temptation the devil presented to Jesus was an appeal to His flesh: “And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
You might think: “Well, Jesus was hungry and He surely had the power to turn stones into bread. What was wrong with what Satan suggested?”
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