A Word for You – Matthew 4

**Could you pass the test?

Matthew 4 (New International Version, ©2011)

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Source:  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%204&version=NIV

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One thought on “A Word for You – Matthew 4

  1. Thank you LaKesha for posting this.

    As I was reading this scripture I couldn’t help but notice verse 8-9 Where Satan takes Jesus to a very high mountain “and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Interesting. This leads me to believe that Satan has all authority over these “Kingdoms of the world and their splendor.” If he didn’t, Jesus would have surely disputed him on this point. That got me thinking even more. If he had authority over the Kingdoms and world of that time, what does that say about his possession over the Kingdoms of the present? Even further, how should we balance our need to make a living verses our spiritual need?
    I think there is a lot we can gain from Jesus’ refusal to compromise his faith and worship over ANYTHING. Jesus stressed spirituality, modesty and devotion over anything the “kingdom of the world” may offer us. 1 Tim 6:6-8 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20timothy%206:6-8&version=NIV

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