Again in Matthew 4, Jesus had his final test against Satan in the wilderness. The Evil One took Jesus to the top of a very high mountain. They looked out over all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. The devil then said to Jesus,
“All these things will I give you, if you will go down on your face and give me worship.”
We learn from this two things: first, that the devil actually has power on earth to be able to offer the world to Jesus. Second, that he is depravedly arrogant to think that he could get Jesus to bow and worship him.
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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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“For” is such a tiny, almost insignificant word that it can be easily overlooked in the verse,
An angel of the Lord came to [Joseph] in a dream, saying “Joseph, son of David, have no fear of taking Mary as your wife; because that which is in her body is of the Holy Spirit. And you will give him the name Jesus; for he will give his people salvation from their sins.
But “for” has great significance here; linking a common boy’s name at the time – much like the name “Joshua” today – to a very unique and old story that had been unfolding for generations of Israelites. The promise of a coming Messiah, foretold through the gift of sight given by God to the prophets Isaiah, Micah and Jeremiah, suddenly here in the flesh.
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