Summary of passage: Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for 40 days and nights and the tempter told him to turn stones to bread. Jesus said he only needed the word of God to live. The tempter took him to the highest point of the temple and told him to jump. Jesus said not to test God.
The devil offered him to rule the world if he only would worship him. Jesus told him to go away for only God deserves to be worshipped. Angels came to him afterwards.
5a) He said “If you are the Son of God” (verse 3, 6). Satan also repeated “It is written” (verse 4, 6, 7, 10). Satan’s is verse 6
b) Personal Question. My answer: Jesus had just been baptized which is an outward sign of being cleansed from all sin and now Jesus heads to the wilderness to be tempted, which also happens to all sinners. So Jesus is again identifying with us (sinners) and showing us how to live. He sets the example of being baptized into Him and of overcoming temptation through God’s word. Showing us how to be more like him!
c) Personal Question. My answers:
Matthew 6:25-26: The command is to not worry about anything for the Father takes care of all of our needs just like He does the birds. Who amongst us doesn’t worry? We are tempted to take things in our own hands instead of placing them in God’s. It’s a lack of faith in God and who He is that we are lacking.
Acts 4:12: Salvation is found in Jesus. People today don’t believe this and don’t believe in Jesus or believe in something else that will not bring them salvation.
Romans 8:16: The indwelt Holy Spirit marks us as God’s children. People don’t believe that and thus do not act like Jesus would. They dismiss the significance and magnitude of the Spirit within and sometimes fight against it.
2 Corinthians 4:8: Even though life is hard and we are confused, we are not defeated for we have Immanuel, God with us, inside of us all the days of our life.
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, God will forgive our sins and purify us. A lot of Christians do not confess their sins or don’t give them over to God to handle and thus walk this world needlessly carrying burdens God should be carrying.
Hebrews 2:1: We must heed God’s words so we do not drift away. A lot of Christians today do not know God’s word and do drift from Him into sin.
Conclusions: Especially for the 2 Corinthians passage, read before and after in order to get a greater sense of the context of this tiny verse. It will make much more sense if you do.
Again, we must watch out for Satan’s ploys and twistings of God’s word. We must etch God’s words onto our heart, believe what God tells us is true, in order to fight the constant lies that bombard us every day. God is enough. We must only have the faith to allow Him to be so.