Day 11: Wednesday, April 15
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After he fasted forty days and forty nights he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city, had him stand on the highest point 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 ‘with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Once again it is written: ‘You are not to 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 grandeur. And he said to him, “I will give you all these things if you throw yourself to the ground and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and began ministering to his needs.
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COMMENT & QUESTIONS
The tempter attacked Jesus at His most vulnerable. What temptations do you think you are most susceptible to today?
Consider what situations you might be in and what relationships you will be engaged in today. What circumstance might you be at your weakest? Are there some people or tasks that you find particularly challenging and testing?
What scriptures should we carry with us to protect us from the temptations we face today?
Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy - a time when others were faced with a test. Perhaps there are some Bible characters who faced similar tests to what you face. Perhaps there are some verses in these stories that can help you to remain faithful. Remember the promise: "No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it." (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Thanks for the light that we have from Jesus Opportunities for Christians to shine light in a dark world