Lesson One of the Book of Daniel,
Introduction to the Book of Daniel
The Book of Luke, The Temptation of Jesus, Part
II - Lesson 35
There is much more to life than food or
raiment yet this is about which we spend our lives!
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost
returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2Being
forty days tempted of the devil And in those days he did eat nothing: and when
they were ended, he afterward hungered.
And the devil said unto him, If thou be the
Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. 4And Jesus
answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but
by every word of God.
In order to understand this scripture we must always remember that Jesus Christ
was doing Godís will, for we are told that he was full of the Holy Ghost and he
was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.
Jesus Christ is
not quite ready to begin his work in Israel and Godís Holy Spirit leads him into
the wilderness where Satan is to test him.
God allowed Satan
to test Job and he also allows him to test his only begotten son, the Lord Jesus
We should note
that doing a work in the wilderness is not an unusual happening in the life of a
Many times God
will test your faith that it might be stronger when you see the hand of the Lord
in your life and the working of his word.
journey is a good thing for it can reveal your belief or unbelief, your trust in
God or your lack of trusting and Godís working.
tests your faith for he knows that the trial of your faith will be more precious
Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:3 to
endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
(to undergo hardship:óbe afflicted, endure afflictions (hardness), suffer
Perhaps it was
this hardship of Jesus Christ that brought this thought to the mind of Paul.
For it is in the
wilderness that Jesus Christ was to suffer deprivation.
And even though
Jesus Christ had just been anointed king of Israel remember that this was Godís
will for the Lord Jesus Christ and at times it is Godís will for you to suffer
We ought to
remember this when we are too soft with our children as we provide living that
is too soft for their own good.
As Christians we
are to expect times of suffering and deprivation for God uses these in his
school of faith.
Donít forget that
the Bible instructs that it is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his
This means that
the training to endure hardness comes in handy when the child who has borne the
yoke becomes a man.
In days gone bye
there were plenty of yokes to be borne.
Plenty of needs on
the farm or in the home.
Things were not so
naturally easy for children.
But today parents
have to work at applying yokes because today things are too easy for children
and there are little needs to survival that are not met from the grocery store.
But the need for
the parent to apply the yoke is still there if the good for the child is to
on the child will bear fruit when that child grows up and is called by God to
John the Baptist
grew up in the wilderness and endured hardness.
And it was in the
wilderness that God brought Israel to be tested and where Israel tempted God.
(Ps. 78:41, 56; 106:14).
It is given in our
scripture that this testing of Christ in the wilderness was led by the Spirit of
God and because of this we know that Jesus Christ was doing Godís will.
To do otherwise
than to obey God is to not do Godís will.
In our day many
believe that you can do Godís will by disobeying Godís word. Of course this is
It was Godís will
for Jesus Christ to be tested in the wilderness.
He was there to
prove his worthiness in being the Lamb of God.
The Lord went out
to the wilderness to confront Satan and to return victorious.
This passage in
Luke tells us that even in His testing the Lord Jesus Christ was in control, and
Satan had one
object in mind, but God always has another.
While Satanís work
was to undermine the Lordís mission, Godís mission was to have the Son of God
come out of the wilderness sinless as the second and last Adam.
Just as Adam
brought sin upon the entire race, so the victory of Christ made salvation
available to all who are in Him
For as by one manís disobedience many were
made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Our Lordís hunger
in the wilderness was self-imposed for we are told that he fasted for forty days
and nights (Matt. 4:2; Luke 4:2).
He did this
willingly for there were wild beasts to eat and there was locusts and wild honey
also to eat as John the Baptist had eaten, but Jesus Christ was led by the
Spirit to fast for 40 days.
The setting of the
event in the wilderness also brings to mind
wanderings of the nation Israel.
Israel was in the
wilderness 40 years, even as our Lord was in the wilderness for 40 days.
even as our Lord did.
Adam failed his
test in the Garden and Israel failed its test in the wilderness and now the Lord
Jesus Christ is to be tested but as the Son of God and the Son of Man he will
He will fulfill
the will of God where Adam and Israel failed.
So Luke is careful
to show us in this account that the Son of God, Israelís King, is fit to fulfill
His divinely ordained task given of the Father.
He is to show
himself as the perfect lamb of God.
Luke is careful to
show that Jesus Christ passed every test of righteousness and showed to us that
Godís declaration that he was well pleased was well placed in Jesus Christ.
the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it
be made bread. 4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That
man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Jesus had fasted
for 40 days and although we have never fasted 40 days we can imagine that he was
famished, starved if you will.
He was so famished
that if the fast would continue, it would lead to death, unless divine
intervention took place.
Jesus Christ was a man and subject to the physical needs of a man.
that Jesus turn stone to bread was one which sought to cause Jesus Christ to
intervene on his own behalf using his own power.
power which had just been given Him through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at
As a man it was
inevitable that Jesus Christ would die if he continued not eating.
Hebrews reminds us
of his complete humanity.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our
infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without
Jesus Christ felt every pang and pain of hunger.
His body craved food to meet its natural needs.
So Satan saw the
most pressing need of hunger and challenged him to meet that pressing need.
comes at the place where you are most vulnerable.
He saw where the
man Jesus was most weak and pressed him in that weakness.
Satan could not
conceive of the Lord Jesus Christ having a need which was essential to continued
life, and having the power to satisfy that need, and not using His power to meet
Most would agree
that using your own power to meet a need so critical to life itself would be
appealing to that basic human instinct of self-preservation.
yield to that human instinct when he went down to Egypt during the famine?
He was simply
saving his life and the lives of those in his care wasnít he?
So on the surface
of the matter, such an offer seems harmless.
After all, the
natural mind declares, is there anything so wrong with meeting basic human
What was the evil,
then, which caused Jesus Christ to resist Satanís challenge, and to continue to
hunger, even though death might be the result?
The answer was to
be found in the Word of God itself.
Jesus responded to
Satan in the words of Deuteronomy: ďMAN DOTH NOT LIVE BY BREAD ONLY Ö Ē (Deut.
8:3; Luke 4:4).
He quotes the
words from the passage in Deut. 8.
We read verses
the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye
may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto
your fathers. 2And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy
God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to
prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep
his commandments, or no. 3And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to
hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers
know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by
every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
Jesusí words must
be understood in the light of the quotation from Deuteronomy, and from the
context in which it was originally spoken.
Israel was about
to enter into the promised land and God was, through Moses, reminding His people
of the basis on which His blessings would be bestowed in the land.
There is a
parallel here between the experience of Israel in the wilderness and that of the
Lord Jesus Christ in the wilderness.
Our Lord knew
this best of all, and therefore he deals with His own situation in the light of
Godís Word concerning the lessons which Israel should have learned from the
experience of their forefathers.