When Jesus started His public ministry, He first defeated the devil’s three temptations as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew and Luke, and mentioned briefly in the Gospel of Mark.
It is important to note, all three of Jesus’ response to defeat the devil can be crossed referenced to the record of Deuteronomy Chapter 6 to 8, written by Moses and delivered to the nation of Israel after they left Egypt and were called to enter the Promise Land.
Now in the context of Deuteronomy, Israel was admonished about their dependency upon the words of God, the commandments of God, for survival, protection and blessing.
Applying that to the whole of human race in response to God’s salvation plan through Jesus – it’s about leaning and trusting the words of Jesus for our human survival, protection and blessing as well.
Consider the first temptation –
(Luke 4:3-4) – The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’”
The challenge to turn the stone into bread was not just to satisfy a person’s hunger, and not just to proof Jesus is the Son of God.
The very response of Jesus should teach us and also reveal to us the hidden evil intention of the devil – to deceive human’s purpose and method of survival!
“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’”
These words from Jesus can be exactly and directly cross referenced to Deuteronomy
Deuteronomy 8:3 – And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
The context of Deuteronomy 8:3 is addressing human’s survival.
Moses was teaching the people to trust God base on God’s command.
The words of God were delivered to us, to help us live and survive and find true blessing of eternal value.
Jesus is the word of God!
To be continued ….