Archive for May 13th, 2017

Matthew 4

Matthew 4 has Jesus being tested.  “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness  to be tempted by the devil”.  Any question about whether you and I will be tempted.  Jesus was, and so will we.  How did he prepare for it?  “After fasting  forty days and forty nights, he  was hungry”.  We see that Jesus was human – he got hungry.  And after 40 days that would be intense hunger for sure.  Satan comes at Him where he would be weakest.  That’s how the enemy attacks us.  He knows our weaknesses and attacks there.  “And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are  the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread”.

Satan goes after Jesus at His weakest point.  But Jesus tackles the enemy with scripture.  That is our offensive weapon to fight with.  “It is written”.  We need to know scripture so we can use scripture to stand against the enemy.  God’s Word is our only defense.  That’s why we are continually reminded to read it, hear it, memorize it, meditate on it – because it is the one thing we can depend on to stand fast against the devil.  We need to realize that the enemy knows the Bible too.  “Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple….it is written”.  Satan can quote scripture with the best of us.  He proves it as he attempts to tempt Jesus to sin.

Jesus deals with two more temptations and each time listens to Satan quote scripture as part of the tempting.  But Jesus replies with scripture in context and as God intended, not the twisted way Satan tried to use it.  And then He had enough. “Then Jesus said to him, Be gone, Satan”! There is power in the name of Jesus against the enemy.  Satan must submit to Jesus and His authority.  “Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him”.  Jesus may have felt like He was dealing with the enemy alone, but He wasn’t.  God had His angels ready to minister to Him which they did immediately after Jesus sent the enemy away.

John the Baptist is arrested and the torch is passed to Christ to carry on the preaching of repentance.  “From that time Jesus began to preach….Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”.  He now is taking the lead in challenging people to get right with God.  And to do that, He begins selecting those who will walk with Him the next three years.  “While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers….he said to them, Follow me, and I will make you  fishers of men”.  Peter and Andrew are the first to be called.

“Immediately they left their nets and followed him”.  No negotiating, no wondering, just obedience.  They answered the call immediately without hesitation.  Jesus continues as “he saw two other brothers….Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him”.  James and John do the same exact thing, picking up and leaving their dad and jobs behind so they could walk with the Savior.  The twelve were a vital part of how Christ would prepare the ministry to continue after His death.  His ministry begins to flourish, and “great crowds followed him”.  He was little known but His message resonated and people were drawn to Him.

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