Thoughts of John

What is on my mind.

The Temptation of Jesus: Luke 4:1-13

Summary: In Luke chapter 4, we have the temptation of Jesus. What a gripping scene! How could Luke even know the details of this? Thanks be to God the Holy Spirit and His inspiration.

We open our Bibles to God’s Word, and we want to hear and see the beauty of God’s Son.

1. A. We have looked at Jesus’ credentials for the last two weeks. What were they? Luke 3:21-22; 3:23-38

B. What was the Father’s view of Jesus?

Luke 3:22

C. We have been left with this question as we looked at Jesus’ credentials: Are you well-pleased with God’s beloved Son? Do you find any flaw in Him? John 8:46, John 19:6, II Corinthians 5:21, I Peter 2:21-22, I John 3:5

2. A. Read our text in sequence with this in mind: this is written for our instruction. Luke 3:22-23, 4:1-13

B. Is it a sin to be tempted? Hebrews 2:17-18, 4:14-16

3. A. Who led Jesus into the wilderness and who tempted Him? Luke 4:1-2

B. Who is this tempter?

Genesis 3:1, John 8:44, John 10:10, II Corinthians 11:3, I Peter 5:8

4. A. Luke was a careful historian. He certainly investigated the events before he wrote. Could any amount of investigation on Luke’s part help in writing these verses?

Luke 4:1-13

B. How does scripture, the Word of God, leave the pen of man and get into the hearts of men?

II Peter 1:19-21, I Corinthians 2:6-16

5. A. “And Jesus…was led about by the Holy Spirit in the wilderness.” Under what conditions was He tempted?

(Use Google Maps, Satellite view and look northwest of the Dead Sea.) Luke 4:1-2

B. The first man, Adam, was also tempted. Under what conditions was he tempted? How do the conditions compare to when Jesus was tempted?

Genesis 1:27-31, 2:8-9, 22

C. Compare Luke 3:22 to Luke 4:3. Have you experienced a time of real temptation right after a time of real blessing?

6. A. What is the first temptation and how does Jesus respond? Luke 4:3-4, Deuteronomy 8:3

B. Look at the second temptation, Luke 4:5-8. With what is Jesus being tempted? How does He respond? Does He already have what He’s being tempted with? Can Satan really deliver on what he promises?

I Chronicles 29:11, Job 1:6-12, Daniel 2:20-21, 4:17, John 1:1-3, 8:44, Acts 17:24-26, II Corinthians 4:3-4

C. How does Satan change his tactics in the third temptation? What can we learn from Jesus’ response?

Luke 4:9-12

The first Adam failed in the best of circumstances. The last Adam excelled in the worst of circumstances. Satan’s temptations are designed to get you to question God’s plan. Jesus demonstrates the solution: cling to God’s word. We can be tempted doctrinally, so guard against being casual about doctrine. We are called to be discerning. Scripture matters! If Satan tempts Jesus with things that are good (in the right context), expect to be tempted likewise. Do not just believe in God. Believe God; take Him at His word. To believe God is THE place of blessing and security. When the Son of Man was here, He simply quoted scripture.

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. Your word have I treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.” ~Psalm 119: 9, 11


March 10, 2014 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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