Matthew 4:1-11

Review:  It states Jesus was “led by the Spirit” (v. 1).  This testing would seem to be pre-planned between our Triune God and the devil to prove the uniqueness of Christ … After a long fast (v. 2), Jesus is tempted to feed Himself (vv. 3-4) … Jesus then finds Himself at the top of the temple and is tempted to throw Himself to the ground, Satan tells the angels to catch Him before he strikes the ground (vv. 5-7) … Finally, Jesus is led to a mountain top and offered the whole of the world and it’s control for a simple vow to worship the devil (vv. 8-11).

Commentary:  It is debatable if Jesus was tempted from His perspective (James 1:13-18) … From our perspective, Satan’s offerings were very tempting indeed, something most of us would find difficult to resist.  Simply look at those today who covet the power to control us through whatever means, to be a god …  Many similarities exist between this account and the OT …For the first test,  Jesus’ fasting (v. 2) eludes to Israel’s 40 year road trip from Egypt (cp. Deut. 8:2-5) … As one who has fasted for a day on a couple of occasions, I can attest to the power hunger has over my own weak flesh … For the second test (vv. 5-6), the devil employs a Psalm (Ps. 91:11-12) as a promise of God’s protection of Jesus in the event of a fall … Jesus’ negative reply contrasts with Israel’s putting God to the test (Deut. 6:16) to quench their thirst at Massah (Ex. 17:1-7) … Jesus passed the test that Israel failed … Finally, the last test – the ultimate in avarice (vv. 8-9) – all power and wealth … Let us re-examine the Eden situation … Eve fell to temptation (Gen. 3:1-6).  Adam, disconnected from the passion of Satan’s sell and the immediacy of the fruited tree, succumbed to Eve (Gen. 3:6) … To Paul’s eye, Adam is counted the more guilty of the two (Rom. 5:12-21) because Adam, created first, was given the position of leadership (Gen. 2:18-25) … Gazing at Eve’s situation after the devil’s proposition regarding the fruited “tree of knowledge,” don’t you want to know more?   Aren’t you naturally curious about many things?  Don’t you want to be like God, putting aside for a moment the whole reality of this request? … Eve’s response is understandable, regrettable but understandable … Jesus rejects the devils offer of “it all” by casting aside the power and authority of the devil to grant “it all” (vv. 10-11) … Jesus passed the test Adam & Eve failed.