1/9/15 Temptation: Take 1

While John is being watched by Herodian spies, Jesus is in the desert. He goes alone, immediately after His baptism, to fast and pray. He remains there, in isolation, with no food or drink, for 40 days, which is the length of time usually given by God for a period of reflective exile or testing. At the end of the 40 days, Satan comes to Him to tempt Him. Jesus is very hungry and thirsty after fasting for such a long time, especially since He has been in the desert all this time. He is also lonely, having been isolated. Satan sees this and says to himself, “Now is the time to get to Him – He is vulnerable, and may not be able to resist.” He goes to Jesus and says, “You must be so hungry! I heard You are the Son of God. Why don’t You tell these stones here to become bread, so You will have something to eat?” But Jesus, knowing the Holy Scriptures well, replies, “The Word of God says, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

Luke 4:1-4, Deuteronomy 8:3

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