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The Temptation Of Jesus Essay

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This passage of the temptation of Jesus is by far one of the most sacred of stories told in the gospels. The reason being, is because the story could not have come from anyone else, but Jesus. Jesus was the only present at this moment of temptation, so it must have at some time been passed down to his disciples (Barclay). In this particular telling of the story, it is written by Luke. Luke was a Gentile, which is significant because all of the other New Testament writers were Jews. According to Colossians 4:14, Luke was a doctor. Colossians teaches us that Luke was a "beloved physician." This explains why Luke saw people as who they are, and the love he had for all of them (Welch).
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" This is important because it explains how Jesus was able to reject temptations. God gives us the Holy Spirit to dwells in us so we will not sin, meaning when we do sin, we are separate from the Holy Spirit.
Now taking in the context of what chapter lies before chapter 4, it is evidence that Jesus was baptized. Jesus does this to prepare for what is to come. It is also interesting to take in account that the last line of Chapter 3 is reference to Adam. Theologians would agree that this is referring to the fall, and how Jesus is the second Adam. After this, he goes into a 40 day fast that is significant to Old Testament stories. An example of this is when God leads his Children, the Israelites, in the desert for 40 days. Verse one explains how Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and to be led by the Spirit. There is many times where Jesus leads us to uncomfortable places where we may not understand at the time. The first temptation is to change stone into bread. Now, it isn't a sin to eat when you are hungry, but the devil.
To break this verse up into individual section would allow someone to understand it clearer. In the first line, “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.” (NIV). This shows that no matter whom you are, Jesus or otherwise, that one must follow the Holy Spirit and do as it wants you to do. Jesus knew he was going to face trials along the way, but that didn’t stop him because in the end the Holy Spirit will lead you into the correct direction. The next verse says the following: “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.” (NIV). Forty is a conventional term meaning many. The connection between forty and hunger is a recurring theme in Israel's salvation history (see Exodus 16:2-3; 34:28; 1 Kings 19:8) (Freedman). Matthew 4:2-3 strengthens the idea that the tempter came after the forty days of fasting (Freedman). Jesus knew that he would starve and hunger during these forty days, these were the trials that he had to endure to show the temptations he was about to endure and this shows a parallel with the first temptation with Adam and Eve. It showed that man will face temptations to veer from what the Sprit is calling them to do. But those who are strong in faith will be able to see these temptations and be able to turn from them and continue on the journey the Holy Spirit has sent them on.
The next couple of verses say, “The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man should not live on bread alone” (NIV). Luke just reported Jesus' baptism with the voice from heaven that said, "You are my beloved Son. In you I am well pleased" (3:22) (Freedman). Note that the first temptation is insignificant. What can be the harm of one loaf of bread? It will strengthen Jesus for ministry. The second and third temptations are...

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