The selection gives clear accounts of the temptations that Jesus underwent when he was in the wilderness. Satan tempted him three times and in all of these, He overcame them with the fact that he clearly knew the word of God. Different versions of the bible accounts on the way Jesus was tempted by the devil. According to the New Internal Version, it states that, “Then Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” An almost similar way is quoted in the New King James version that cites that “Then was Jesus led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil”. All these versions of the bible account on the temptations that Jesus went through while in the wilderness. There are only slight differences in the translations in the aspect that other translations in the Apocryphal and Deuterocanonical books refer to Jesus in different names.
According to these books, Jesus was guided by the Holy Spirit to be tempted, straight away after He had fasted for forty days and forty nights. It is obvious that Satan knew very well who Jesus was, therefore the requirement for attestation of His holiness was in reality simply a pretense for what was actually happening. What the Satan was doing was trying to get Jesus, when He was at His fragile position so that he could harass Him. After those forty days and nights of fasting Jesus was so hungry and weak and Satan reminded Him that He had the powers to make all come to an end (Clarke, 2003). In summary, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness and the devil tempted Him by telling Him to turn the stones into bread if He really was God’s son but Jesus answered that men cannot live on bread alone but on the word of God. Satan then took him to the Holy City and told Him to throw Himself down and since He was the son of God, the Angels would hold Him. However, Jesus answered him that it was written in the Bible that “you should not in any way tempt the Lord your God” (Whitton, 2009). Then the Devil once again tempted Jesus by showing Him all the kingdoms of the worlds and their glory. Satan informed him that all that would be His if only He has bowed down and worshipped Him, but Jesus answered that we should worship no other gods apart from the Lord our God. After the temptations, the devil left Jesus and the Angels came and ministered to Him.
Checking the Context
While bearing his temptation from Satan in the wilderness as portrayed in Matthew 4, Jesus was resolute to depend totally on His Father and not on His own understanding to withstand Satan. Jesus had already been proved to be the only Son of God (the Messiah), who was intended to rule and suffer (Tashjian, 2012). Then the test in the wilderness came, which was deliberated to show if He was the Son who would obey and love His Father. As it has been put “Following the testimony there was the test; and following the Dove, there was the devil” (Tashjian, 2012). The actuality that these temptations happened immediately after He has been baptized highlights its meaning. The Devil would try to turn Jesus Christ away from His mission, which His Father, God had put down ahead of Him during His baptism. The Devil would attempt to sidetrack Him from compliance to God, therefore rendering His work impossible.
Questions Arising From This Account
From time to time, the narrative on the temptation of Jesus is used as a parable. Analyzing that Christ in his ministry advised this account to His listeners involving his inner incidents in a parable form or else as an autobiography, concerning the kind of Messiah He wanted to be. Therefore, the question here is, was the account a parable or did it really happen?
The Keyword used in this text is temptations that have been a recurrent topic in the literature and life of Christian traditions. Jesus was not to overcome these temptations with the powers, which we do not posses but he was tested in everything that we are, yet with no sins. His arms were those that have been given to His followers – God’s Word and the indwelling Spirit. Since Jesus was also a man, the trial was true to Him. Satan is anti-God; moreover, he is in opposition to God’s community. It is his job to split or separate mankind from God. His major purpose is to direct us to disregard and completely throw away both God’s purposes and Word. Satan pilots a spiritual mass of darkness that labors to encourage destruction and wickedness in the globe (Gundry, 1982). . To be lifted beyond tests belongs only to God, our Father; to test is the right work of Satan; however, to be tested belongs to the status of man. God is drawing us in a single course: in the direction of childlike faith, repentance, and respect to Him. The Devil is drawing us in a different direction: in the direction of defiance to God.
Background Information and the Authors’ Situation
We learn that the Gospel writer, Mark, was persuasively gifted evangelist and teacher. He used a vigorous, forceful and fresh way of writing. This is observed in his common application of the chronological present tense, which communicates acts as taking place at the same time. Even if involved in the oral ministry, D. L. Moody used the current version of the Gospel of Mark as a communicator of the gospel. Out of this we can learn that the purpose of these writers was not only to give a bibliography of Jesus but also to encourage the Christian readers to bear persecution as well as suffering for the sake of their faith efficiently (Gibson, 2004).
Commentaries and Scholars
In the commentary made by Rev. Pavle Cekov, we should understand what temptations are to overcome them just as Jesus did. By doing this, we need the power of the Holy Spirit and not letting our sinful nature lead us. We also need to know the word of God since it is the sword that helps in attacking the tempter and finally we must pray and fast and ask God to make us good leaders in all that we do.
Lessons learnt from these studies
We can take Matthew’s writings and apply them in the contemporary life in the sense that in the same way Jesus was tempted by the devil; it is the same way that he can tempt any of us (Luther, 1950). Temptations are real and they may happen in our minds as well as in our hearts. Just as Jesus was humble, we should also be and we should always trust in God, since He is the One who is in control of all things and He is the One who can help us to overcome the Devil’s temptation. Therefore, in the middle of temptations we are supposed to look upon Jesus Christ, our Lord, not just for concerned understanding, but for conquest, for Jesus discern the conquest. As the Apostle Paul said to the church, "There is no test that has overcome you although such as is familiar to mankind. God is faithful, thus He will never allow you to be tested more than that, which you can handle, with the test, you too shall get a way of overcoming those temptations, so as to bear them" (Constable, 2012). One cannot be tested beyond that he can handle. It is therefore clear that I am supposed to pray without stopping. This way, I will be able to achieve what God, our Father has set for me now and in years to come (Jones, 1965).
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