About Jesus Steve Sweetman
This Section - Chapter 4
1 tells us that Jesus “was led by the Spirit” into the desert to be
tempted by the devil. This was
no chance meeting between Jesus and the devil.
It was planned. It was
the will of God. The Holy
Spirit led Jesus into the desert for the express reason to come in contact
with the devil to be tested. This
test was obviously important in the eyes of God.
God or Jesus have doubts that Jesus would pass this test?
I don’t think so. But
Jesus had to be tempted by the devil.
He had to experience everything that a human being would
experience, and more so. This
temptation was a test more than most humans would experience.
Few humans come face to face with the devil in this fashion.
2 tells us that Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights.
Luke 4:2 seems to suggest that Jesus was tempted during these 40
days of fasting. Matthew tells
us in verse 3 that after the 40 Jesus was tempted by the devil to turn
stones into bread since He was hungry.
doesn’t have to be a discrepancy between
Luke and Matthew. Jesus could
well have been tempted for these 40 days, but these particular temptations
may have taken place after the 40 day point in Jesus’ fast.
number 40 is often associated with testing in the Bible.
The Children of Israel were tested for 40 years in the desert.
Moses fasted for 40 days as seen in Exodus 34:28.
verse 3 the devil challenged the fact that Jesus was the Son of God.
If He really was God’s Son, then He could make these stones into
bread. The devil was right on
that count. Jesus could do that, but He surely wouldn’t do it in
response to the devil’s suggestion.
Jesus did not have to respond to anyone’s request except to
God’s requests. Jesus also
never did anything to prove Himself to anyone. He always acted in
accordance with God’s will, not man’s will and especially not the
4 is a well known verse. Jesus
responds to the devil by telling him that man doesn’t live by bread
alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
By saying this, Jesus was associating himself with the human race.
These words found in Duet. 3:8 were directed towards “man”.
Jesus is saying that the real life sustaining thing for both Him and
mankind was what came from the mouth of God.
This speaks to the relationship we have with God, and for
Christians, this relationship is found in and through Jesus.
the years we’ve used this verse to promote the importance of the Bible,
that is, the Bible being the Word of God, and therefore we need to feed on
it to live. This is true, but
I think Jesus is speaking more than that.
First of all, that Word of God at that point was the Old Testament
record. But the record was all
about God and His dealings with
verse 5 we see the devil took Jesus to the highest point of the
people wonder at the words “then the devil took Him…”.
They wonder who really was in control here. Was Jesus being
obedient to the devil by following Him.
I think we can safely say that Jesus went to the
verse 6, once being on this
devil deceives people to this very day with his misuse of Scripture.
He does it all the time in all sorts of cults and wrong doctrine.
This is why Christians need to understand the proper way to
interpret and read the Bible, something the modern church of the 21st
century teaches little of.
verse 7 Jesus returns with another verse of His own found in Deut. 6:16
where we are told not to tempt or test God.
Jesus saw what the devil was suggesting as testing God.
Testing God means to try to make God do something to prove Himself
to us. Once again, God does
not have to prove Himself to anyone.
Micah 3:8 we see God telling
testing God means to do something with the intent to make God do something
in return. The hyper-faith
movement of the 21st century in my thinking comes close to
testing God. Unless God tells us to test Him, we should not test Him. We
should simply accept what He says and be satisfied with it.
verse 8 we see that the devil takes Jesus to a high mountain to show Him
all the Kingdoms of the world. Once
again, Jesus went on His own volition.
verse 9 the devil says, “all this I will give you if you bow down and
worship me”. By saying this
the devil claimed that the kingdoms of the world belonged to Him, and in
one sense of the word the devil was right.
Man had forfeited these kingdoms that they were to rule under the
Lordship of God to the devil. Jesus in other Scriptures calls the devil
the prince of this world. He
doesn’t own the world. God owns the world.
The devil rules over the affairs of men when they give themselves
to him, whether knowingly or unknowingly.
verse 10 Jesus responds by quoting Deut. 6:13 where we learn that we are
only to worship God alone, and no one else.
The devil said two things to Jesus here. One is that He could have
the kingdoms of the world, and two is that Jesus had to worship the devil
to get them. Jesus never
responded to the kingdoms statement. He
knew that they’d be His anyway.
would not worship anyone but God. The word worship means to “kiss
towards”. “Kissing” is
obviously an affectionate word based on a relationship you have with the
one you kiss. This is what
worshiping God is all about. We
give ourselves to Him in an affectionate relationship.
Worship implies much more than singing songs on a Sunday morning.
It’s all about a way of living that shows everyone that you
belong to the Lord.
verse 11 we see that the devil left Jesus alone at this point.
The object of this test by the devil was to get Jesus to worship
him, but that failed. He’d
return again at other points in Jesus’ life and try to get Him through
verse 12 we see that John was put into prison.
Matthew doesn’t tell us but we know that John the Baptist was in
prison because he told Herod the king that he should not be living with
his brother’s wife. John may
have been humble, but he was very bold.
Luke’s account in Luke 4 we learn that after Jesus was tempted in the
desert he went back to His home town of
fact that Jesus moved to
continues the quote saying that this land lives in the shadow of death,
which is always the result of sin, but the Messiah who is the “light has
dawned” over the land.
verse 17 Matthew tells us that “from that time on Jesus began to preach,
“repent, for the
18 tells us that while Jesus was walking by the
learn here that Peter and Andrew were fishermen
We learn elsewhere that they actually grew up in a fishing family.
Their father owned a fishing business.
verse 19 we see Jesus say to these two men, “come follow me and I will
make you fishers of men”. From
a reading of John 1:35 to 42 some scholars say that Peter and Andrew were
already Jesus’ disciples when He called them to follow Him here in verse
20. Jesus didn’t ask these
two men to forsake their career the first time He met them.
Jesus often does, He uses an analogy.
He compares leading men to Him with fishing.
Peter and Andrew would now fish for men, not for fish. Of course
fishing requires some knowledge of fish and how to fish.
It requires patience and hard work.
Sometimes you are successful and sometimes you’re not.
All these things are the same when fishing for men.
verse 20 we see Peter and Andrew immediately pulled their nets in and
followed Jesus, without hesitation it seems.
Maybe by this time they’d been around Jesus long enough to trust
Him in what He told them, or at least trust Him to a degree.
verse 21 Jesus meets up with James and John.
They too were fishermen who worked for their father Zebedee.
They were fixing their nets, getting them ready to use when Jesus
called them to follow Him.
Peter and Andrew they followed Jesus too without any hesitation.
Zebedee most likely had other men working for him that would help
him out. The question is often
asked, “how did Zebedee feel when he saw his sons leave’?
verse 23 Matthew tells us that Jesus went throughout
scholars believe that Jesus took three major Galilean trips.
This would be the first one, and it seems like He only had Peter,
Andrew, James and John with Him on this trip.
verse 24 we see that the news of Jesus spread even unto
likely many of these people were Gentiles as well as Jews.
verse 25 we
see Matthew expanding on the area where the people came from to see Jesus.
From the south they came from