WHY WE READ THE BIBLE? We read for revelation, not just information! We read, as Luke 24 says, to get another glimpse into God’s love for us.
HOW WE READ THE BIBLE FOR REVELATION? (R.E.A.P.) Read Exegete Apply Pray it into your heart!
R – Read Just read… Repetitive reading of a book of the Bible helps us learn and get its message into our hearts. E – Exegete What did it mean to the original audience? A – Apply -What does it mean to us now? -How does this passage point us to Jesus, or remind us of the love he showed us (especially on the cross)? P – Pray into your heart -Reveal: Pray that God would warm your heart again with his love for you as demonstrated most profoundly on the cross. -Action: As your heart is warmed with God’s love pray that you would begin to love him back in greater ways than ever before.
READ: Matthew 4:1-11– THE CONFLICT 1
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted v by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 7
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. 1
1 The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Mt 4:1–11.
EXEGETE: Background to keep in mind #1 Keep in mind Jesusâ€™ baptism of the Holy Spirit. Compare that with what we see this week.
Questions to help us hear what the text is saying to us: 1. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the temptation of Jesus (4:1)? What conclusion should we draw from this detail about our own lives? Answer: In Matthew 3 there is the Spirit baptism, then in Matthew 4 spiritual battle. Mathew 3 there is a voice from heaven, then in Matthew 4 a voice from hell. Matthew 3 the voice from heaven only spoke once. In Matthew 4 the voice from hell keeps on going and going and going. First there’s comfort, then there’s conflict. First there’s joy, first there’s strength, then there’s weakness. Here’s the principle. Spiritual baptism; therefore, spiritual battle. Comfort, power, love; therefore, stress, conflict, temptation. Heaven in your life; therefore, the voice of hell in your life. 2. The Devil is introduced to the narrative in 4:1. What is his purpose? Read the following passages and note what they teach about the role of Satan: John 8:44 John 10:10 Ephesians 2:1-3 Revelation 12:10 3. Why do you think Satan appeals to Jesus’ title son of God when he issues his temptation? 4. Look up Hebrews 4:15 and note what you learn about the scope of temptations faced by Jesus and their outcomes. Scope: Outcome: 5. Think about the strategy Jesus employs to combat Satan’s propositions. Compare His pattern of response to that of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:1-6. What is similar? What is different? 6. What do we learn about the authority of Jesus and the authority of Satan in 4:1-11?
APPLY: I. Apply the text to your life: 1) Jesus responds to temptation with the truth of God’s Word. How does His example convict and instruct you?
2) What temptations crouch at your door? List two below. Next to each, write out a verse or passage that points to the danger and futility of what the temptation offers.
3) The bible is clear, Satan exists in our world, and so do demons- they try to tempt us to sin, beat ourselves up when we do sin, and get us to be skeptical about God, and we has done for us on the cross. Do you believe that demons have ever tempted you? What did it look like?
II. Meditate on the text for life: Ultimately, Jesus is tempted in every way but doesn’t give in. Why? Why go through the temptation. Through the cross. Why come to earth at all when he knows what waits him is pain. And yet no matter how hungry He is here, no matter how painful the cross He has His eye set on the prize. That prize is you. He’ll go to hell and back to get you. Nothing will stop him, because he loves you.
PRAY: Pray that you would be as devoted to him as He is to you. And when Satan tempts you to despair when you fail pray this prayer: â€œWhen satan tempts me to despair, I have a strong and perfect plea I have a great high preist whose name is love, who lived and died for me!â€? No toungue can bid me thus depart,