January 7 Matthew 4:1-11

January 7 Matthew 4:1-11(ESV) The Temptation of Jesus 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves … More January 7 Matthew 4:1-11

Victory in the Wilderness

From The Riddleblog: Mark simply tells us that it was the Spirit who immediately drove Jesus even deeper into the desert after his baptism and commissioning. The echoes from the Exodus are loud and clear. Jesus was tempted in the desert by Satan for forty days, just as Israel had wandered in the wilderness for … More Victory in the Wilderness

J.C. Ryle: Knowledge of the Bible never comes by intuition.

Three times in Matthew 4:1-11 (our reading for today) Satan tempted Jesus. Three times his offer was refused, each time Jesus quoted  Scripture as the reason, “it is written.” J. C. Ryle comments at Grace Gems: Here is one among many reasons, why we ought to be diligent readers of our Bibles. The Word is … More J.C. Ryle: Knowledge of the Bible never comes by intuition.

An intentional contrast

Coty Pinckney makes this very interesting observation regarding Luke 3 and 4: Most written accounts of a person’s life would put the genealogy right at the beginning – like the Gospel of Matthew. Again like Matthew, most often the genealogy will start with the ancestor and work forward to the subject of the account. But … More An intentional contrast