The King Tempted     Matt. 4:1-10 HCSB     Dec. 27, 2015

 

Introduction

It is very interesting how the Devil sought to bring temptation to Jesus.  He tried to bring temptation to Jesus after He had fasted for 40 days and nights.  Jesus was hungry and the Devil designed his first temptation

to attack Jesus with hunger.  I have never fasted 40 days but I would imagine it causes a eagerness to set down and enjoy food.   In each temptation Jesus cited how the Scriptures were written to command a person to refuse the temptation.  Jesus as always gives us the example we need.

 

1.    The King Tempted by the . . Devil   4:1

A.   The . . Spirit’s Leading into Temptation.   4:1a

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness . . .”

 

b.    The . . Source of the Temptation.   4:1b         

“. . . to be tempted by the Devil.”

 

It is interesting to note that the Spirit of God led Jesus to a place to be tempted to eat  even after the time of His fasting.  One thing we learn from this is that sin is not automatically because of temptation.  It is not wrong to be tempted.  Sin is committed when we yield to temptation.  Because Jesus did not yield to the Devil’s temptations therefore He did not sin.  The Devil cannot present a source of temptation that would be strong enough to make Jesus yield to it.  When we yield to temptation we fail to yield to the direction of God’s Spirit.

We regret it later and know we could have had victory through the grace of God if we would have depended upon His grace rather than our sinful desires.

 

2.    The King Tempted by the Devil Concerning His . . Provisions.   4:2-4

A.   Tempted Related to Provisions after . . Refusing Food.   4:2

2 After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry.

 

B.    Tempted Related to Provisions and . . Rejecting the Devil.   4:3-4

3 Then the tempter approached Him and said, "If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

4 But He answered, "It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from

the mouth of God."

 

The scriptures tell us Jesus was hungry after His time of fasting.  That was when the Devil approached Him

with the idea of food.  There is no sin in eating unless we over eat or the food was made in answer to the Devil’s purposes or against the Lord’s purposes.   To use your miraculous power to please yourself would have been sinful and Jesus never sinned.

 

3.    The King Tempted by the Devil Concerning His . . Protection.    4:5-7

A.   Tempted Related to Protection by . . Challenging the Angels.   4:5-6

5 Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple,

6 and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

He will give His angels orders concerning you and they will support you with their hands so that you will

not strike your foot against a stone."

 

B.    Tempted Related to Protection by . . Claiming the Truth of God’s Word.   4:7

7 Jesus told him, "It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God."

 

 


Yielding to the source of this temptation would have caused Jesus to reject following God.  The text

the Devil used left out the words “. . . in all your ways.”  That is obviously an incorrect offering from the

Devil.  He obviously did not understand Jesus as well as he should have.  Jesus never used His power for

Himself.   He did not have a desire to test God.  The Father said just after His baptism, “This is my beloved Son, “I take delight in Him.”  After these temptations God could have repeated these words and Jesus would prefer that than to  yield to the Devil.                                                                                                                              

 

4.    The King Tempted by the Devil Concerning His  . . Power.    4:8-10

A.   Tempted Related to His Power and Focus of  . . Worship.   4:8-9

8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and

their splendor.

9 And he said to Him, "I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me."

 

B.    Tempted Related to His Focus of the  . . Written Word of God.   4:8-9

10 Then Jesus told him, "Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve

only Him."   HCSB

 

Jesus proved His commitment and dedication as He refused this temptation.  He wanted to worship the Lord and did not have thoughts to bow down to the Devil.  He really did not think the Devil had anything that was not going to be His because He faithfully worshiped the Lord.  Jesus wanted to be committed to the Lord in His worship.  The Devil did not evaluate correctly the dedication of Jesus and did a foolish thing as he attempted this action to cause` The King Tempted.  Amen?  Amen!