My notes and afterthoughts on Matthew Lesson 4
Following God’s word is the way out of temptation.
Satan is not the opposite of God. He had a beginning as a created being.
We should never say God is tempting us.
God tests us for our good.
We assume our immediate physical (or emotional) need is the most important thing at the moment.
Temptation #1— to act independently of God
Temptation #2— God’s love and power put to the test. Making a demand on God.
Temptation #3— Satan asks Jesus – worship me
Self will is Satan’s will—Tragedy follows
Know the enemy—know his tactics
Jesus audibly verbalized the word of God. That was His weapon.
Don’t make God’s word so confusing that you miss the message.
The terms “dragon,” “serpent” and “leviathan” used in scripture to describe Satan are metaphors only and are not descriptive. It’s possible he transformed himself into those forms?
I never thought much about how well Jesus knew the people of Nazareth. I always thought about how they knew him as the carpenter’s son and Mary’s son. It’s hard to imagine living in a small village where everyone knew each other so well.
Satan’s ultimate purpose in tempting Jesus was to thwart God’s plan for His life. However, I don’t think Satan really knew the plan. I think he thought Jesus’ death on the cross was his victory.