Jesus said to him, [b]On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Matthew 4:7

 

In context:

The Temptation of Jesus

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil *took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and *said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written,

He will command His angels concerning You’;

and

On their hands they will bear You up,
So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus said to him, [b]On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and [c]worship me.” 10 Then Jesus *said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”11 Then the devil *left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.

Introduction

In this series we’ve examined the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount and now we’re examining the teachings of Jesus throughout the New Testament of the Holy Bible.

In part one of this second part of our examination of the words and teachings of Jesus, entitled “the words of Jesus”, we looked at the first recorded words of Jesus, when he told His parents how He was “about His Father’s business” on this earth at age 12.

And we looked at the last words of Jesus when He commented to the Romans, the Jewish leaders and the Mob, “You do not know what you do”, in humiliating and crucifying Christ- the Sacrificial Lamb of God, and Jesus’ very last words as God incarnate in human flesh, “Father into Your hands I commit My Spirit”.

Now we’re looking at the words and teachings of Jesus starting from Matthew and finishing in the gospel of John.

The gospels (messages of good news) of Matthew, Mark and Luke are called the Synoptic Gospels by theologians because they’re similar in composition, compared to John, who adopts a more spiritual and metaphorical approach to recording the life and teachings of Jesus.

Many theologians argue the Synoptic Gospels have borrowed writings from each other and that they’re derived from another recorded gospel dubbed by theologians “the Q gospel”.

We must be very careful with what we adopt from the methods and paradigms of theologians. Many theologians are quite lost in their faith in Christ, and many so-called Christian theologians espouse heresies.

 

Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Matthew 4:7

We, as finite mankind, tend to think very ego-centrically about life.

Each of us has a brain (mind), a soul (emotional and intuitive life) and a spirit (the part of us which can communicate with the Divine and the spiritual world).

There is an evolution of a Christian’s spiritual growth from being “a child’ to being a ‘father’, in the spiritual terms, as outlined in the epistles (letters) of John the Beloved, who lay back “on Jesus breast” (chest), and had an emphasis on love in his messages and life.

“A child”, both in the natural world physically, and in the spiritual world, as a Christian, has little ability to be other focussed.

“A child”, both in physically and spiritual terms, tests their parents, either consciously or unconsciously.

Jesus said,  “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”

 

Jesus was also quoting the Holy Scriptures in his responses to Satan. As Christians, we must be Word (Bible) focused in the footsteps of Jesus.