The Kingdom Unveiled #5 – Matthew 3:13-4:11
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to stop him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?” 15 Jesus answered him, “Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John allowed him to be baptized. 16 When Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased.”
> After a major spiritual victory, expect temptation.
> Satan’s main purposes in the world are to frustrate the plan of God and to seize the place of God.
>> His two-part plan:
1) Attack the image-bearers
2) Attack the image of God
1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
13 He was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels were serving him.
Gr. ekballo – impelled
Gr. peirazō – to test
> Why did Jesus need to be tested by Satan?
1) To demonstrate his divine kingship
2) To demonstrate the pattern for human victory over temptation
2 After he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
> 3 tests of Satan:
1) Serve yourself
3 Then the tempter approached [Jesus] and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread. 4 He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
3 …man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
>> We are to surrender to, and depend on God, waiting on His provision, rather than grabbing satisfaction for ourselves, whenever we think we need it.
2) Test God
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.” 7 Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.”
>> We are told to believe first, and then, when we see miraculous things, it strengthens our faith.
3) Worship Satan
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.” 10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.”
>> We are to place our minds on things above, not on earthly things.
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and began to serve him.
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
> Fight temptation with the truth of God’s Word.