When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness for forty days (Matthew 4, Luke 4) it was not an isolated experience. Rather, it came after Jesus’ experience of being baptized by John the Baptist and hearing the words of God out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am very pleased.” The activity of Satan was intended to undermine this message from God to Jesus, as Satan’s first words to Jesus were, “If you are the Son of God…” (italics mine). Thus this tempting of Jesus was a direct result of His having heard the word of God.
This reminds us of how Satan tempted Eve (“Indeed, has God said…” italics mine). It also reminds us of Jesus’ parable of the sower (“Satan comes immediately to take out the word which was sown”). You may think that if you heard a voice out of heaven that you would never doubt it. Yet Jesus was tempted by Satan after just such an experience. Jesus did not yield, but He was genuinely tempted.
If Satan would tempt Jesus to doubt or disbelieve the word of God after experiencing a miracle, how much more would he tempt you and me after our reading the Bible. Recognize that you will be tempted to let go of all you have read and understood of the Bible and you will be better able to resist such temptations.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.