21 Apr 2015 Jesus answered the devil, "It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."

Man Shall Not Live on Bread Alone

In Matthew 4 the story is told how Jesus felt the Holy Spirit urge him to go into the wilderness where he fasted for 40 days in preparation for a testing of the devil. Then the devil came to him in his very human state of hunger and weakness saying, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

This temptation occurred at the start of Jesus’ ministry. Since Jesus could have certainly turned the stones into bread as the devil suggested, or had a thousand angels come to his aide with whatever food he wanted, what is really going on in these verses? Why doesn’t Jesus make himself something to eat and be done with his fast?

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