Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when
he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these
stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread
alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give
his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time
thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not
tempt the Lord thy God.
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the
kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give
thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan:
for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. [Matthew 4:1-
And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. And he was there in the
wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels
ministered unto him. [Mark 1:12-13 KJV]
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the
wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and
when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made
bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word of God.
And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the
world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the
glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore
wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind
me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him,
If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his
angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any
time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou
shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. [Luke 4:
Jesus after being baptized of John in the Jordan, went into the wilderness for forty days and
forty nights, and fasted, much like Moses and Elijah (Exodus 34:28; Deuteronomy 9:18; 1
Kings 19:8). Moses was the great lawgiver, and Elijah was considered the greatest of the
prophets – Jesus was their equal and more, even in terms of fasting in the wilderness. For
after fasting, He was hungry and the devil tempted Him.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but
was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the
throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:
Jesus’ temptation shows the compassionate feeling, sympathy and empathy which He has
for our troubles and cares. He knows what it is like first hand. He knows what we are going
through. Therefore, we are confidant that He will supply the help that we need.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is
not of the Father, but is of the world. (1 John 2:16 KJV) All temptation is summed up in these
three areas, and the temptations of Jesus can be categorized this way.
The devil told Him to make the stones of the earth into bread, to satisfy His hunger to show
that He was the Son of God. He appealed to the lust of the flesh. Jesus answered him by
quoting Moses, And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna,
which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that
man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the
LORD doth man live. (Deuteronomy 8:3 KJV) This are things that are more important than
bread for the stomach – the word of God for the soul.
The devil then took Jesus to the top of a high mountain, and let Him see all that He could see.
The devil offered Him power and authority over all that He could see, if He would worship him.
The devil is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), and the reception of material things is
not necessarily the mark of the blessing of God. Many have, in essence, sold their souls to
the devil for the things of this world. This is the lust of the eyes. Jesus again quoted
scripture: Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
(Deuteronomy 6:13 KJV) [see also Deuteronomy 10:20; Joshua 24:14; 1 Samuel 7:3]
For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods
many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and
we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. (1 Corinthians 8:
There is no room for the worship of any other than the LORD our God. Thus, Jesus tells Satan
(the Hebrew word for adversary & the name of the devil) to get behind Him. The devil is to
remove himself from any position that would keep Jesus from serving the Father.
Then the devil brought Jesus to the city of Jerusalem, and took Him to the highest point of the
temple, and told Him to jump off. Then the devil quoted scripture to back his point.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear
thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. (Psalms 91:11-12 KJV)
Just because a verse of scripture seems to back a position, does not make the position right.
Scripture can be twisted and misapplied. No one is better at that than the devil.
Jesus responded with scripture. Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in
Massah. (Deuteronomy 6:16 KJV)
In Massah (translated it means Temptation), the people complained because they did not
have water, and wondered whether the LORD was with them or not. The devil was tempting
Jesus to doubt whether God was with Him, and thus to prove it.
Christians do not have to prove that God is with them. They do not need to drink poison or
handle snakes; for those who do such tempt the Lord. Neither do they need the signs of
tongues or the miraculous to show God is with them. They have His promise.
Then the devil departed Him for a season. In this world, there may be moments when the
devil is not tempting us, but he will be back. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary
the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (1 Peter 5:8 KJV)