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  • Ancient Words
  • Last week, we completed Romans chapter 6. Now, we are going to a break from Romans. We will pick it back up, I promise, but we are heading into a new church season, we are at the end of a chapter this is a great place to set it down for a while.
    However, that does not mean we just forget about everything we talked about. Right? We don’t just let it blow away, rather we are going to build on what we have learned as we come to other passages of Scripture.
    Such is the case today, as we look at the Temptation of Jesus, in light of what we have learned thus far in Romans.
    Prayer
    Matthew 4:1–11 NIV
    1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted 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.
    Let’s take this message in two parts today. Let’s start by looking at the account in Matthew, and notice some important points, and then let’s lay it along side of what we have been studying in Romans and see how the two relate.
    Background
    To fully grasp today’s passage let’s try and look at the passage in its original context.
    Our text begins with Jesus heading out into the wilderness. This happens right after Jesus’s Baptism. You may remember a man by the name of John the Baptist was outside of town on the edge of the wilderness, at the side of the Jordan River.
    He was a certainly odd character, kind of an Old Testament prophet type feel to him, he is dressed odd, is very scraggly, and is doing this form of street preaching, kinda like a weird sandwich board character we would see today. His message was
    Matthew 3:1–3 NIV
    1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”
    This is really an odd scene to us, but to Matthew and his readers it has this really jewish, Old Testament feel to it. The look of John is out of the history of ancient Israel, even for the 1st century people, this would have appeared ancient. It is striking in them this collective memory of their history and their ancestors.
    I’m struggling to capture the mood that would have been present in the mind of Matthew or the early jewish readers of this gospel because there is nothing like it in our times. See even to them, this guy looked like he walked out of a Bible story, and His message of Kingdom of God, and his location of the wilderness really is looking like only one of two things is going on here. Either this guy is completely crazy, or God is really doing something here in the nation of Israel.
    So if you can imagine with me, maybe something like an a man dressed in clothes from hundreds of years ago camped out on the edge of town, maybe with an old tent. Maybe this is going on for days, or even weeks. What if he was preaching that the end of the world is coming. There would be this crowd there and most of the crowd is really there for entertainment, right? What is this this so crazy look at this, but in a crowd surely some people are going to be moved.
    Maybe it is the Holy Spirit moving in a few of the hearts, but they are concerned that what he is saying is true, they have sins that they are not proud of or are ashamed of, they have guilt, and regret and fear. This odd preacher tells them to come forward and be washed clean. Have a fresh start. Turn from what you were doing and toward God. SO some come forward, maybe hesitantly, maybe they are concerned what others think, or aren’t sure, but they are coming.
    Then on this one particular day this one guy comes forward. Its Jesus right. John knows Jesus, they were cousins. John in fact leapt in the womb when he was in the presence of the yet to be born Jesus. The Holy Spirit clearly let John know that Jesus was the Messiah, the rightful king of God’s chosen Nation Israel. So when Jesus comes forward, John hesitates to Baptize Him.
    Matthew 3:14 NIV
    14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
    People are being Baptized to symbolize their repentence. It is symbolizing a new fresh start. It is reminiscent of the Nation of Isreal passing through the waters when they were redeemed out of Egypt, and became a chosen people Holy and separate to Yahweh. The Holy Spirit must have made John aware that Jesus does not have sin, so he has nothing to be cleansed from.
    Matthew 3:15 NIV
    15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
    So John Baptizes Jesus and as Jesus is coming up out of the water
    Matthew 3:16 NIV
    16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
    If we were first century readers of Matthews gospel, it is likely we would have came to the text with the following ideas.
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    Is Jesus Messiah?
    Can Sin Conquer Messiah?
    Sin defeated Israel.
    Is Jesus indeed the Messiah, and if so, Jesus is without sin? How can this be? This is so odd. Was this God’s word- It seems that God has ordained Him, yet there are forces that in the past have seemed to thwart those efforts. Political, demonic. and finally, things haven’t worked out for Israel in the past. The kings we have had mostly turned out bad, what makes this King different. As a nation Israel has failed over and over again, does that mean that God has abandoned Israel, is there a way that can be undone?
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    Matthew 4:1 NIV
    1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
    The passage begins with The Holy Spirit leading Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. The wilderness is a place of difficulty and challenge, physically, as well as spiritually void, and Jesus is being purposefully sent there by God, after having been called his Son in the water of the Jordon River.
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    Exodus 4:22 NIV
    22 Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son,
    The whole scene calls to mind what the Nation of Israel went through. They were redeemed, when they were brought out of slavery to Egypt by God. They were called his first born son in Ex 4.22 and they were led through the waters of the Red Sea before heading out into the wilderness.
    Jesus is being led there by God to be tempted by the devil. God is in full control of the situation, He is not the tempter, God does not tempt anyone, James, 1:13. It is the devil or Satan who does the tempting. God is in control of the devil, he answers to God. So under the power of God, Jesus heads out to do battle with the force, that is responsible for really everything bad in the world.
    It was Satan who plunged the world into sin, by tempting Adam and Eve on a very different playing field. We have Adam and Eve, with God, and all these trees around them for food, a garden is a good place, and yet they failed, and as a result of the curse, we have these barren places, like the wilderness.
    Matthew 4:2 NIV
    2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
    So Jesus fasts 40 days and nights, and when he is at He absolute weakest, the devil appears, and challenges him.
    Matthew 4:3 NIV
    3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
    Very simple, you are hungry, make some bread for yourself, some tasty bread-if you are really God’s son. The devil plays on physical needs to get Him to try and prove, or validate his identity. That is an old trick the enemy uses. He goes after the physical needs. Our bodies are built a certain way for a reason, we need things like hunger and pain, or the desire for sex for instance to survive, these are good desires. There is nothing wrong with being hungry, it means you need to eat, or being in pain, it means something is wrong. These things drive us. Sometimes they can overcome us. Out physical desires cause mental weakness.
    What the devil does is uses that weakness and drives us to question our identity. If I am God’s child should He provide my physical needs. Jesus if you are God’s son satisfy your hunger. Surely as God’s people, redeemed by the blood of the lamb, you are entitled to having your physical needs met right? There is nothing wrong with that?
    Jesus responds with
    Matthew 4:4 NIV
    4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
    Jesus responds with this passage from the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 8 verse 3.
    Deuteronomy 8:3 NIV
    3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
    To teach you that man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Jesus is saying to the devil, hold on Satan, there are things more important than bread, there are things way more important than having my physical needs met. There is God. With God is life. This world even my physcial body is not important, God is what sustains me. God is far better than any momentary pleasure I may receive here.
    Jesus wins victory over this temptation, and the devil moves on.
    Matthew 4:5–6 NIV
    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.’”
    The devil takes notice that Jesus used scripture, so the devil fights back with Scripture. The devil questions the identity of Jesus, then quotes a scripture verse that says God will protect you. If you are indeed God’s son you can even throw yourself to the ground, and you get to experience God’s power and he will miracously save you.
    Jesus recognizes this as a plain and simple attempt to manipulate God. Forcing God’s hand as it will. If you really are going to sustain me then that means I can go ahead and do this, right? the quote the enemy uses is from Psalm 91, verses 11 and 12
    Psalm 91:11–12 NIV
    11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
    It is interesting though the devil stops short of the next verse verse 13, which says.
    Psalm 91:13 NIV
    13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
    Jesus answers him by going back to a passage from Deuteronomy again. This time Deuteronomy 6, 16 which warns against such foolishness as trying to force God’s hand.
    Deuteronomy 6:16 NIV
    16 Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.
    If that isn’t enough the devil has one more temptation for Jesus.
    Matthew 4:8–9 NIV
    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.”
    The devil appeals to the very thing Jesus came for, to be king of all the kingdoms, right. Jesus would eventually sit down at the throne of God in heaven as King. The devil gives Him the option of having this kingdom, without the cross. The devil is telling Jesus that you know what you can have it all and keep your life as well. You do not have to go through the awful punishment of the cross the physical pain the wrath of God being poured out on Jesus for our sins. Jesus has the option of avoiding that.
    Again, Jesus answers the devil with the word of God, and from Deuteronomy again.
    Matthew 4:10 NIV
    10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
    SO, what kind of happens with this passage, is that we take the big idea that Jesus fought temptation with the word of God, so we need to fight temptation with the word of God. We get some fighter verses together, we right them on an index card, or memorize them, then when temptation strikes we take them out and recite the mantra over and over again and try to gain victory. Kind of clench our fists and grit our teeth and we say man shall not live on bread alone, man shall not live by bread alone, man shall not live by bread alone.
    We say memorize some verses grit your teeth, get ready here comes the temptation hang on recite recite recite and maybe if YOU are strong enough you might survive, and you better survive, right? Cause remember how mad God was at Israel they had to wander for 40 years-you don’t want that to happen to you do you? Memorizing is good, but remember the Pharisees, they had large passages of scripture memorized and yet they fell, to the temptation of power.
    Now, there is still some validity in that, that can be helpful.
    The next thing we do is carefully analyze the passage. We reference the Genesis passage and the Exodus passages, and a passage from James, and from 1 John. A preacher could preach a whole series on this one passage, or teach a whole Sunday School Class, and we may someday. There is also some validity in that and that can be helpful too.
    But what if there is a better way? Follow with me for a minute. When we read stuff like Romans 6, we are supposed to dead to sin and alive to Christ, those other ways don’t sound like that. The things is, those other ways of avoiding temptation do a great job in our head, but what if the problem is centered in our heart.
    Jesus began this journey as being called the son of God, by God the Father himself. When we repent, and place our faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins, when we believe in the gospel, we have become children of God. When the Holy Spirit indwells a believer at the point of conversion we are not left alone, to face our temptations by ourself. The Holy Spirit is with us. The Holy Spirit is our deposit guaranteeing our inheritance, 2 Cor 1.22. We are not left alone physically or under our own power to face these temptations alone. God loves His children God does not leave His children alone. We we go out to face temptation we go out with the Spirit of God, as the children of God.
    In the first temptation Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy 8. We read the passage this morning, in Deuteronomy 8, in verse 2 we read
    Deuteronomy 8:2 NIV
    2 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.
    To humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart. Memorization tends to be more of a head thing, right? God placed Israel in the wilderness and tested them to know what was in their heart? What is in our heart?
    Do we love God more than food? Do we love Jesus more than physical pleasures? Is Christ more important to you than your physical needs?
    When we look at the second temptation. It is a matter of trust isn’t it. Does God love Jesus enough to protect Him? We do not need to test God to see if he loves us or will sustain us, He has already demonstrated that in the cross. When God sent Jesus His one and only son to die in our place he brought us into a relationship with Him. We do not need to test that it has been done.
    Romans 5:9 NIV
    9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
    In the third temptation Jesus said worship the Lord your God only. Worship too is a matter of the heart. When our heart loves the other, our heart is devoted to them. We worship them, we serve them, because we love them.
    Imagine for a minute if I memorized my marriage vows. Then if I was tempted to have an affair, I would recite them over and over again. No, that would be ridiculous, the key to being faithful in a relationship is loving the person you are in the relationship with.
    Scripture memorization is great, and I encourage everyone to do it. The word is important. The word will keep you from falling, but it’s importance is in who it points to. The power of the word of God is that it points to Jesus. Loving the one who the word is about is what will keep us from falling.
    If we fall, and we eventually we will, we can be assured that Jesus has one the victory. Jesus has conquered every temptation that we may face, he remained without sin. And Jesus loved us so such that He took our failings and paid fro them on the cross, he rose from the dead three days later, in victory and sat down at the right hand of God the Father.
    When we place our faith in Jesus we one day will be with Him, but for know He does not leave us alone but gives us the Holy Spirit to walk us through our temptations.
      • Matthew 4:1–11NIV2011

      • Matthew 3:1–3NIV2011

      • Matthew 3:14NIV2011

      • Matthew 3:15NIV2011

      • Matthew 3:16NIV2011

      • Matthew 4:1NIV2011

      • Exodus 4:22NIV2011

      • Matthew 4:2NIV2011

      • Matthew 4:3NIV2011

      • Matthew 4:4NIV2011

      • Deuteronomy 8:3NIV2011

      • Matthew 4:5–6NIV2011

      • Psalm 91:11–12NIV2011

      • Psalm 91:13NIV2011

      • Deuteronomy 6:16NIV2011

      • Matthew 4:8–9NIV2011

      • Matthew 4:10NIV2011

      • Deuteronomy 8:2NIV2011

      • Romans 5:9NIV2011

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