A Year In The Bible - Part 2 Day: 18 - Jesus tempted in the desert

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Day 18 - Jesus tempted in the desert

Numbers 34-36; Luke 4

The Holy Spirit leads Jesus into the desert. Satan meets him and offers much. Will Jesus pass the tests? Jesus continues to preach and heal many. Whenever demons see Jesus, they consistently and immediately know who he is.

  • 4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness
  • 4:2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. He ate nothing in those days. Afterward, when they were completed, he was hungry.
  • 4:3 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread."
  • 4:4 Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'"
  • 4:5 The devil, leading him up on a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
  • 4:6 The devil said to him, "I will give you all this authority, and their glory, for it has been delivered to me; and I give it to whomever I want.
  • 4:7 If you therefore will worship before me, it will all be yours."
  • 4:8 Jesus answered him, "Get behind me Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.'"
  • 4:9 He led him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from here,
  • 4:10 for it is written, 'He will put his angels in charge of you, to guard you;'
  • 4:11 and, 'On their hands they will bear you up, lest perhaps you dash your foot against a stone.'"
  • 4:12 Jesus answering, said to him, "It has been said, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"
  • 4:13 When the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him until another time.
  • 4:15 He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
  • 4:16 He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. He entered, as was his custom, into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.
  • 4:17 The book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. He opened the book, and found the place where it was written,
  • 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim release to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to deliver those who are crushed,
  • 4:19 and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."
  • 4:20 He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on him.
  • 4:21 He began to tell them, "Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."
  • 4:22 All testified about him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth, and they said, "Isn't this Joseph's son?"
  • 4:23 He said to them, "Doubtless you will tell me this parable, 'Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done at Capernaum, do also here in your hometown.'"
  • 4:24 He said, "Most certainly I tell you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.
  • 4:25 But truly I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land.
  • 4:26 Elijah was sent to none of them, except to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
  • 4:27 There were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed, except Naaman, the Syrian."
  • 4:28 They were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things.
  • 4:29 They rose up, threw him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill that their city was built on, that they might throw him off the cliff.
  • 4:30 But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way.
  • 4:34 saying, "Ah! what have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!"
  • 4:35 Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" When the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm.
  • 4:36 Amazement came on all, and they spoke together, one with another, saying, "What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!"
  • 4:38 He rose up from the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. Simon's mother-in-law was afflicted with a great fever, and they begged him for her.
  • 4:39 He stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her. Immediately she rose up and served them.
  • 4:40 When the sun was setting, all those who had any sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.
  • 4:41 Demons also came out from many, crying out, and saying, "You are the Christ, the Son of God!" Rebuking them, he didn't allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.
  • Retention/Recall
    • When Jesus was in the wilderness how did the devil first tempt Jesus?

      Luke 4:1-4 OK

    • When Jesus passed the first test, what did the devil then offer to Jesus?

      Luke 4:5-8 OK

    • What was the third temptation the devil offered Jesus?

      Luke 4:9-13 OK

    • Are these the correct responses Jesus provided the devil when tempted?

      Luke: 4:4; Luke 4:8; Luke 4:12 OK

    • What did Jesus read when handed the book of Isaiah?

      Luke 4:15-20 OK

    • As Jesus taught and many listened, was he always still welcome AFTER his message?

      Luke 4:21-30 OK

    • When hearing Jesus teach, the people were amazed. When demons saw Jesus, did they know who Jesus was?

      Luke 4:34-36 OK

    • When Simon's mother-in-law had a life threatening fever, what did Jesus do? What did the people do when they saw what Jesus had done?

      Luke 4:38-40 OK









What is the Sinner's Prayer for Salvation?

The sinners prayer is a common Christian term for a prayer that is said when someone wants to repent of their sin, ask God for forgiveness, and verbally state their belief in the life, death, and saving resurrection of Jesus Christ.

"For, if with your lips you acknowledge the truth of the message that JESUS IS LORD, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with their hearts people believe and so attain to righteousness, while with their lips they make their Profession of faith and so find salvation." Romans 10:9-10

Christ's death on the cross paid in full the debt of our sin. Action must be taken to take hold of the gift.

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven through any good works. At this moment I trust Christ alone and receive by faith all Grace purchased by Jesus as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him and by my faith take hold of His grace and love for me. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Thank you for your word that will guide me as to how I should live my remaining days. Please grant me the wisdom to discern correctly and motivation to grow my faith, obedience, understanding, appreciation, and love for you. Thank you for your Grace and mercy that I do not deserve. Thank you that my salvation is not based on my level of performance in my short life but in my receiving what your victory on the cross did pay for. Thank you that I can receive by my faith alone, your glorious gift of salvation. Thank you for hearing this prayer and for saving me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.