Jesus’ temptations – Part One (Matt 4:1-11)

During the summer, we’re doing what any good TV network does and playing mostly reruns, working through previous episodes in Matthew’s Gospel. But for the next three days, we have some new material on Matthew chapter 4.

Read Matthew 4:1-11.

That was the story of Jesus being tempted while he fasts for 40 days. Where just after his baptism, Jesus quickly scoffs down some pancakes – I’m not Catholic, but I think that’s where they get that bit from – before the devil leads him out into the wilderness and tempts him three times. And each time he resist the temptation set before him:

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Jesus’ temptations – Part Two (Matt 4:1-11)

During the summer, we’re doing what any good TV network does and playing mostly reruns, working through previous episodes in Matthew’s Gospel. But for these three days, we have some new material on Matthew chapter 4.

If you’re just joining us, you need to read last Friday’s post for this to make sense, along with the text we’re looking at, Matthew 4:1-11. And we finished by asking the question: since I’ve never experienced any of these three temptations (to turn stones into bread, to jump off the top of a temple, or to bow down to the devil in order to become the supreme ruler of the world), what does this story of Jesus’ temptations mean to me?

Maybe this story is first and foremost about something else?

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