If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2
After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him
and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus
answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that
comes from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had
him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “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.’” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to
the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the
kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you
will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is
written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him,
and angels came and attended him.
1. If Jesus had turned stone into break, thrown himself down from the pinnacle of
the temple. or worshiped Satan, in order to feed himself, prove himself to the
crowds, or gain his kingdom without dying for it, he would no longer have been
the obedient son of God worthy of our imitation.
2. However, Jesus didn’t take the shortcut to glory, but followed the hard and long
path of obedience, lived by God and resisted temptation by relying on God’s
word. God’s wisdom isn’t just for us to know the truth, but to obey it.
3. What’s your attitude toward God’s word? How do you resist when temptation
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 1:15-19
Have you ever been tempted to do something you know you shouldn’t? How
did you stay strong at such time? What did Jesus do to fight the temptation?
What can we do?