The aim of this passage is to cause us to learn how Jesus was tempted and resisted the devil in the wilderness.
Jesus is tempted to turn stones into loaves of bread (Mat 4:1-4)
Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil who is also known as the adversary and the tempter. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness fasting before and so he was hungry. The devil then came to Jesus and challenged Him to command the stones to turn into loaves of bread if He was the Son of God. Jesus replied by quoting the second part of Deuteronomy 8:3 where it says, “And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.”
What do you feel that you need more that you need God? How could you pray for God to change your understanding?
Jesus is tempted to get confirmation that God would save Him if He was in danger (Mat 4:5-7)
You shall not put the LORD your God to the test.
The devil then took Jesus to Jerusalem and place Him on the pinnacle of the temple and challenged Jesus to thrown Himself down if He was the Son of God because while referring to the Messiah, Psalm 91:11-12 says, “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.” Jesus again replied by quoting Scripture from Deuteronomy 6:16 where it says, “You shall not put the LORD your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah.”
What situations have you been in that caused you to question whether God was with you? Where do you look for assurances that God is with you?
Jesus is tempted by the offer to rule the kingdoms of the world (Mat 4:8-11)
You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.
Lastly, the devil took Jesus to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their magnificence and the devil said to Jesus, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus commanded the devil to be gone and then paraphrased several verses in Deuteronomy by saying, “For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” The devil left Jesus and angels came and attend to the needs of Jesus Christ.
Deuteronomy 6:13 It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.
Deuteronomy 10:20 You shall fear the LORD your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear.
Deuteronomy 13:4 You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.
What do you fear more that you fear God? How could you pray for God to change your understanding?