Read verses 1-4
Q: To what perceived weakness is Satan trying to appeal?
A: The body, the desires of the flesh.
Q: Is it a sin to be hungry?
Q: Then why is Satan suggesting if Jesus truly were God’s Son that God would not allow Him to be hungry?
A: Satan always wants us to think that God is “holding out” on us. It’s the same tactic he used on Eve in the Garden.
“For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
— Genesis 3:5
Point: Satan is suggesting, “God must not love you because if He did He would take better care of you.” Satan wants us to believe that our circumstances directly mirror God’s attitude towards us.
Q: Why did Jesus never use His divine powers other than when it was absolutely within the will of God to do so?
A: Jesus never did what pleased Himself, but only what pleased God.
“And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”
— John 8:29
Point: The reason that our circumstances don’t necessarily reflect God’s attitude toward us is because we’re never supposed to live to please ourselves, but Him alone.
Q: What is Jesus’ basic response in quoting Deuteronomy 8:3?
A: Jesus affirms that feeding the inner, spiritual person is far more important than feeding the physical. Also, this verse is found in the overall context that God tests and proves us in the ordinary things of life such as eating and drinking.
“All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your forefathers. You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. Thus you are to know in your heart that the Lord your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son. Therefore, you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him.
— Deuteronomy 8:1-6
Point: Jesus’ example is that we’re to live under the authority of God’s Word.
Q: What else does Jesus’ example teach us where the Word of God is concerned?
A: That God’s Word should be retained to the point that we’re able to quote and apply it at the right time as needed.
Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.
— Psalm 119:11
Application: 1st Temptation: Satan wants us to question the circumstances in which God has placed us.
- How might your present circumstances be used to cause you to doubt in God?
- How might they be part of God’s testing of your faith?
- How might physical needs distract from the greater priority of spiritual needs?
- How does Satan attempt to undermine our trust in God’s Word?