St Matthew 4 Reflections

The Gospel According to St. Matthew: Matthew Chapter 4: Read Here:

high mountain

Jesus was Led by the Spirit to Be with God

Jesus was never led by the Spirit to be tempted of the devil; that is not how the Spirit works. Rather, he was led by the Spirit to be with God. And He spent much time, even 40 days, fasting and praying and being taught by His Father. But when Jesus’s fast came to a close, he was hungry, and the devil showed up, ready to tempt Him.

I. Satan first tempted Jesus by mocking Him, trying to get Him to prove His divine Sonship. This is totally out of character with Diety.

1a. The devil temped Jesus with food. The devil likewise appeals to our appetites in tempting us.

1b. Jesus appealed to the scriptures to answer Satan. “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4).

II. Then Jesus was carried by the Spirit into the Holy City and set on the pinnacle of the temple. Again the devil mocked Him, trying to get Him to prove His divine Sonship.

2a. Satan tempted Jesus with the abuse of power, saying that if Jesus threw Himself down from the temple, God would send His angels to protect Him. The devil likewise appeals to our desires for power.

2b. Jesus again appealed to the scriptures to answer Satan. “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Matt 4:7).

III. The Spirit then took Jesus into an exceeding high mountain and showed to him all of the kingdoms of the world and the glory associated with them.

3a. The devil tempted Jesus with riches, fame, and glory if Jesus would bow down and worship him.

3b. Again, Jesus turned to the scriptures. He commanded Satan to leave Him as well. ‘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”’ (Matt 4:10).

The devil left, and angels came and ministered to Jesus.

Further thoughts:

We can learn from Jesus that there is power in the word of God. If we want to withstand the temptations of the devil, we need to be well-versed in the word of God, so that we can both recognize good from evil and have the ability to choose only the good no matter how persuasive the presentation is from Satan or those who would have us follow him.

Also, once we have overcome a present struggle with the adversary, showing ourselves true to God, the Lord will bless us with added light and strength.

Jesus’s fast and time spent in prayer prepared Him for His ministry.

Jesus heard that John the Baptist was cast into prison. From that time forth, Jesus began to preach repentance and preparation for the kingdom of heaven.

When Jesus called Simon Peter and Andrew to follow Him and be fishers of men, they both straightway left their nets and followed Jesus. Likewise, when Jesus called James and John, the sons of Zebedee, they immediately left their father and followed Jesus.

Jesus taught in Galilee and healed the people of all manner of diseases. His fame spread throughout Syria. Many brought their sick to Him and He healed them all. People followed Jesus from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, from beyond Jordan, and from Syria as well.

More thoughts:

Jesus has called all of us to “Come, Follow Me.” Do we listen promptly and put those less important things to the side so that we can do His will presently? Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can all be healed through faith in Him, especially from the effects of our own sins. He offers us both forgiveness and salvation. Are we flocking to Him in our own country and in all the surrounding countries? If we believe in Him, are we spreading the good news so that others can put their trust in Him and be believing too? If we have felt His healing power, shouldn’t we want others to know and feel it too? Let’s hear His call, “Come, Follow Me.”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s