Sunday, 11 August 2013

Matthew 4:1-11 - Temptations

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We are all tempted from time to time and in a variety of ways. So was Jesus and in Matthew 4:1-11 we read about three specific examples. These are temptations about bodily needs (food), about impressing people with the miraculous (falling safely from a great height), and worldly power (through worshipping the enemy).

Jesus responds to each temptation by quoting from the Old Testament writings.

How do we handle temptations of various kinds? Do we use the Bible as a source of truth and authority as Jesus did? Or do we try to deal with them in our own strength? Or do we sometimes just give in willingly?

Why do you suppose these temptations are included in Matthew's account? We have already seen that Jesus is holy and came supernaturally from his Father in heaven, that his birth was extraordinary and the Father is well pleased with him. Now we see that he is also truly human and not immune to temptation. He has truly come to live as a part of his own creation.

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