I want life. It is important. I know it is. How will I get life?
Our Master’s experience of temptation prepared Him to be our sympathetic High Priest. It is important to note that Jesus faced the enemy as man, not as the Son of God. His first word was, “Man shall not live by bread alone.” Jesus knows where life comes from and He points me to the way.
Life is in the word of God. Jesus is the Word of God. Jesus is my way to life.
We must not think that Jesus used His divine powers to overcome the enemy, because that is just what the enemy wanted Him to do! Jesus used the spiritual resources that are available to us today: the power of the Holy Spirit of God, and the power of the Word of God (“It is written”).
Jesus had nothing in His nature that would give Satan a foothold, but His temptations were real just the same. Temptation involves the will, and Jesus came to do the Father’s will.
Lord quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 to defeat Satan. Feeding on and obeying God’s Word is more important than consuming physical food. In fact, it is our food
Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 to defeat Satan. Feeding on and obeying God’s Word is more important than consuming physical food. In fact, it is our food.
- Deuteronomy 8:3 (NASB) — “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 Master.
- Isaiah 55:2–3 — “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance. “Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies shown to David.
- Matthew 4:4 —But Jesus 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.’ ”
Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, p. 18). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.