Matthew Lesson 4 Day 2

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Matthew Lesson 4 Day 2

Matthew 4

Satan tempts Jesus

Satan’s character

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

  • The desires of their “father” the devil—lusts of the flesh,
  • A murderer from the beginning (He caused Adam and Eve to do the very thing that God warned them would bring death.) A “murderous disposition.”7
  • Rejects the truth
  • Favors falsehood and error
  • A deceiver
  • Crafty

3a) Jesus was in the wilderness to be tempted by Satan.

Jesus was tempted, but He did not sin. So, this clearly shows that temptation and tempting thoughts that pop into our mind are not sin. Only when those thoughts are welcomed and acted upon, does it become sin.

When someone is tempted, he shouldn’t say that God is tempting him. God can’t be tempted by evil, and God doesn’t tempt anyone. Everyone is tempted by his own desires as they lure him away and trap him. Then desire becomes pregnant and gives birth to sin. When sin grows up, it gives birth to death. James 1:13-15 NOG8

We are bombarded with fleshly temptations from within such as selfishness, gossip, anger, lust, gluttony, etc. That’s why we’re taught to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Lock it up and throw away the key.

b) The purpose for Jesus’ time in the wilderness and the temptations.

  • To be prepared for ministry

The time of fasting, testing, and temptation prepared Jesus for ministry. Some call a forty day fast the prophet’s fast because Moses did two back to back forty day fasts (Exodus 34:2) and Elijah (1 Kings 19:8) also did them.

  • He practiced self denial through fasting because He knew his destiny.

“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” Luke 9:22

Jesus’ strongest desire was to fulfill his purpose on earth. Power, popularity, pleasure, reputation or even the fulfillment of the basic physical need for nourishment took a back seat. He possibly went without water, too. (See John 4:34) Moses went without food or water (Exodus 34:28).

  • Destroy Satan’s power of death and free those who were slaves all their lives because they were afraid of dying (Hebrews 2:14-15)
  • Fulfill prophecy in Isaiah 53:9, quoted in 1 Peter 2:22
    “He was placed in a tomb with the wicked.
        He was put there with the rich when he died,
        although he had done nothing violent
            and had never spoken a lie.”8
  • To be qualified to become our high priest “who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinning.” (Hebrews 4:15)
  • Become a merciful and faithful high priest in God’s presence and make peace with God for the people’s sins. (Hebrews 2:17)
  • So He can help those who are being tempted by interceding on our behalf.

I’m thankful Jesus, the human, endured temptations because . . .

  • It means he understands what I go through.
  • He is able to help me.
  • Challenges me to deny myself and live as an overcomer.

4a) Genesis 3:1-7

Eve believed the tempter who made her think that God was holding out on her due to His own ego. She doubted God’s loving care for her.

b) Comparison of Adam and Eve’s temptation to Jesus’ temptation


Both were tempted directly by Satan.

Satan tempted Jesus, Eve, and Adam with something to eat.

In each temptation, the devil began by questioning what God said to them or about them.



Jesus left paradise to come to earth was fasting and had not eaten in forty days. His body was legitimately hungry and no food was available. He trusted God to provide at the appointed time.

Jesus refused to trade the cross for an earthly crown, for earthly power, or for wealth. It all belonged to Him anyway.

Adam and Eve weren’t hungry and the fruit of all the other trees in the garden paradise were theirs to eat. They doubted God’s truthfulness and love for them. They traded a garden for a graveyard.

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