Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 4:1 tells us, "Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil." Jesus was specifically led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted (or tested) by the devil (the slanderer). The second verse tells us, "And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward hungry" (Matthew 4:2). After not eating for forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. I would certainly be hungry. Note what happens next.
Grace to you.
"And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread" (Matthew 4:3). The one who tempted Him said, prove you are the Son of God. You're hungry. Make these stones bread. (What makes God greater than anything is that He alone has the ability to create out of nothing.) Jesus responds to the temptation with the shield of faith and the sword of the spirit, which is the Word
) of God.
is the utterance on a specific topic or subject.
"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). Did you notice that Jesus used the
of Deuteronomy 8:3 to counter the tempter? Did you notice that this
temptation is to the lust of the flesh?
The second temptation goes like so:
shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
This time the slanderer comes and uses the Word of God to tempt Him (He quotes Psalm 91:11-12) and dares Jesus to prove He is the Son of God. Is this the pride of life? Have you ever had the Word of God used to condemn you and encourage you to "step out in faith"? Jesus uses the
of Deuteronomy 6:16. If we want to resist
temptation, we must have the
of God to use as a shield or as a sword.
Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in
- Matthew 4:5-7