Today's Lectionary Text
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”
Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written,
‘Worship the Lord your God,
Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,
‘He will command his angels concerning you,
‘On their hands they will bear you up,
Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.
The devil tempts God's only son.
The verse above indicates that the Holy Spirit has led Jesus into the wilderness and there is where Satan or the devil begins his 40 day trial. What purpose doe you think the isolation in the wilderness serves and to whose advantage?
The devil offers up worldly temptations to have Jesus turn to him. Do you think the devil understood who and whose Jesus was or that he believed he could turn him either way?
We often see depicted the image of the devil and angel on a person's shoulder when making a decision. Does this passage of scripture make you think of Jesus as more mortal or more divine?
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