Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Is Tempted By satan In The Desert

Matthew 4:1-11 KJV 1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward an hungred. 

And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But He answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning Thee: and in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone.  Jesus said unto him, “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”

Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto Him, All these things will I give Thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me.  10 Then saith Jesus unto him, “Get thee hence, satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.”  11 Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.

Mark 1:12-13 KJV 12 And immediately the spirit driveth Him into the wilderness.  13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto Him.

Luke 4:1-13 KJV And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days He did eat nothing: and when they were ended, He afterward hungered.

And the devil said unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.  And Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” 

And the devil, taking Him up into an high mountain, shewed unto Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto Him, All this power will I give Thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.  If Thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be Thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, “Get thee behind Me, satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.”

And he brought Him to Jerusalem, and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down from hence: 10 For it is written, He shall give His angels charge over Thee, to keep Thee: 11 And in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone. 12 And Jesus answering said unto him, “It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”  13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from Him for a season.

1. Who led Jesus; where was Jesus led; and who tempted Jesus (Matthew 4:1: Mark 1:13; Luke 4:2)? Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by satan.

2. Why was Jesus hungry (Matthew 4:2; Luke 4:2)? Jesus hadn’t eaten for 40 days and 40 nights.

3. What did Jesus say when satan wanted Him to turn stones into bread to prove He was the Son of God (Matthew 4:3-4; Luke 4:3-4)? Jesus’ response was “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God.”

4. What did Jesus say when satan wanted Him to jump off the pinnacle of the temple to prove God would send angels to protect Him (Matthew 4:5-7; Luke 4:9-12)? Jesus’ response was “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”

5. What did Jesus say when satan told Him if He would fall down and worship him (satan) he would give all the kingdoms of the world to Him (Matthew 4:8-10; Luke 4:5-8)? Jesus’ response was “Get thee hence, satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” 

6. How long was Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:2; Luke 4:2; Mark 1:13)? forty days and forty nights.

7. Who ministered to Jesus (Matthew 4:11; Mark 1:13)? Angels ministered to Jesus.

HEAR the WORD

Jesus answered satan with the Word of God.  But how can that be?  The Bible wasn’t even written.  Jesus quoted words from what is now the Old Testament but was then Scripture that had been recorded.

MEDITATE on the WORD

I believe that just as Jesus used the Word of God to stand against satan so can I.  Knowing God’s Word is a key to winning spiritual battles.  What do you believe about God’s Word?

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 4:4 NIV Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:7 NIV Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Matthew 4:10 NIV Jesus said to him, “Away from Me, satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”

EASY MEMORIZATION DIRECTIONS

1. Copy a verse you want to memorize on three individual index cards.

2. Choose three places you frequently go to each day and place one of the memory cards in view.

3. Each time you find yourself near one of the memory cards read it aloud.

4. After a week of reading the memory cards you will most likely be able to recall the verse/s without reading them.

5. Try it for a week and find out.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

In order to accurately and quickly respond as Jesus did I must know what God’s Word says on a multitude of topics. So it’s important for me to consistently read God’s Word. How about you? Are you prepared to respond?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

The three scriptural statements Jesus quoted as “It is written” are Deuteronomy 8:3; Deuteronomy 6:16 and Deuteronomy 6:13. We too should be prepared to back up what we say with God’s Word.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray that we will feast on Your Word (Matthew 4:4). Lord, I pray we will not test You with words or actions that would put us in harm’s way (Matthew 4:7). Lord, I pray we will worship You and serve You alone (Matthew 4:10).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

SING the WORD

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