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NO!, NO! AND NO!
full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the
Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted
by the devil.
4:1-2a (read 4:1-13) - NIV
to Matthew and Luke, Jesus spent 40 days in the desert in meditation
before starting his ministry. In the Bible the number forty is used
to symbolize a period of preparation and the wilderness symbolizes a
place of meeting. The Old Testament uses much these two symbols in
preparation is required for any new undertaking. Many of the great
figures in religious stories went through long periods of
preparation: Abraham and Moses started out late in life in the Jewish
and Christian traditions as did Buddha in Buddhism and Muhammad in
Islam. Jesus prepared himself for many years and the last stage of
preparation were the forty days in prayer.in the desert.
this "final stretch", Jesus dealt with three temptations to
divert him from the path. All had something in common.
first temptation was a stone that looked like bread. Why not ease
the fast with a small piece of bread? No one would know! The first
temptation was to put comfort above the course of mission. Physical
desire would be priority over a larger goal. That would pave the way
to put the material above the spiritual.
materialistic culture is the extreme example of this reversal.
Economics take precedence over the social well-being. Economic profit
is above the collective good. Traffickers kill, the corrupt steal,
companies dismiss and underpay their workers, and nations capitalize
on war - all because of material values. But Jesus said, "NO,
the other bread is more important".
second temptation was a high peak. Jesus was taken to a high peak
where he could see the kingdoms of the world and was offered
authority and splendor. He would be able to impose salvation. Power
is a false god. Salvation cannot be imposed. The Kingdom of God is
not a system of imposition. It is a family, and all the inhabitants
of the earth are brothers and sisters. It is dangerous to occupy high
places. It gives the illusion that power can impose goodness. Again
Jesus said, "No".
third temptation was the temple roof. By jumping off the high
spot and not getting hurt Jesus could demonstrate his supernatural
powers and win the admiration of the crowd. Then it would be easy to
have people go along with him. Jesus was not fooled. Using the
spectacular to manipulate others is not part of the Kingdom. He came
to show the way of love and not to put on shows! God does not need
self affirmation to win admiration and sympathy. Once again Jesus
stone, a peakand a temple roof had
something in common. They were temptations for Jesus to cut corners
and avoid the cross. These are perennial temptations that stand in
the way of us all. In our own desert we can also say our own "NO,
NO AND NO!".
4:1-13 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit
into the wilderness,where
for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during
those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to
answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the
kingdoms of the world.And he said to him, “I will give
you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I
can give it to anyone I want to.If you worship me, it
will all be yours.”
answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve
devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of
the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw
yourself down from here.For it is written:
will command his angels concerning you to guard you
carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that
you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the
the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an