Bible Stories for Adults
The Devil Tempts Jesus
Welcome and Announcements
Next Week - Jesus Calls the First Disciples (John 1:35-51)
Jesus Starts His Ministry (Luke 3:21-23)
How old was Jesus when He began His ministry?
What did Jesus do to kick off His ministry?
Did Jesus need to be cleansed through baptism for a fresh start in ministry?
What was the most important thing that happened at Jesus' baptism?
What was one reason that the Spirit appeared physically?
Besides being empowered for ministry, what else happened as the Spirit descended on Jesus?
Luke 4:18, 21
Jesus - The New Israel (Mark 1:10-13)
What was the first and most important thing the Spirit had for Jesus to do?
How long was He in the desert and what happened to Him there?
How does Matthew first show Jesus as the new Israel?
How does Jesus being led into the desert by the Spirit compare with Israel?
How was Jesus likewise armed for battle?
How do Jesus' 40 days of testing in the desert point to Israel?
How did the old Israel respond to temptations it experienced in the desert?
How did God protect Israel from wild animals in the desert just as He did later for Jesus?
What is another example of God's providence with wild animals for the desert-based Israelites?
How was the original Israel also attended by angels?
Jesus Tempted (Matthew 4:1)
Why did the Spirit lead Jesus into the desert?
Did God tempt Jesus?
Does God tempt His people to test them?
Can temptations lead to growing in maturity and becoming more complete?
How do we know when we are being tested by God or tempted by Satan?
Why Does God Test? (Deuteronomy 8:2)
Why was this testing of Jesus important, just as it had been important for the first Israel?
Why does God test His people?
1 Peter 1:6-7
How are we to respond to the difficulties of God's tests?
How does perseverance from difficulties make us more mature, not lacking anything?
Why should we rejoice when God tests us?
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11
What is the reward for those who persevere?
The First Temptation (Matthew 4:2-3)
At what point during Jesus' 40 days in the desert did the first temptation come?
Had he not eaten because He couldn't find any food in the desert?
Why did Jesus fast?
Do we have a record of any other fast lasting this long?
How did Satan take advantage of Jesus' weakness to tempt Him?
How did Satan take advantage of Jesus' hunger to severely tempt Him?
How could just a word from Jesus turn stones into bread?
Jesus Replies to the First Temptation (Matthew 4:4)
How was this temptation similar to the first temptation that man succumbed to?
Why would it be sinful for Jesus to prove to Satan that He was the Son of God?
1 John 2:16
How did Jesus respond to Satan's difficult temptation?
Was Jesus quoting this verse out of context to make His own point?
Why did Jesus quote God's Word to defend himself against Satan's attack?
The Second Temptation (Matthew 4:5-7)
Seeing that Jesus' hunger was not a strong enough temptation, what did Satan then focus on?
How did Satan try to turn Jesus' reliance on God's Word against Him?
Did Satan quote this verse correctly and completely?
Did Jesus recognize the slight adjustment Satan had made?
Did Jesus misquote an obscure part of Scripture?
Deuteronomy 6:4, 16
What had happened at Massah?
How were they putting God to the test just by asking for water?
How did God respond to this threat to Moses?
How was this incident further pointed out as an example of man testing God?
The Third Temptation (Matthew 4:8-10)
Unable to get Jesus to test his deity, how did Satan then appeal to His human desires?
How could Satan show Jesus all the kingdoms of the world from a high mountain?
Was Satan exaggerating that he had power over the world that he could offer to Jesus?
Was power over the nations something Satan could really give?
Did Jesus understand who alone had control over the world?
Satan Leaves (Matthew 4:11)
Who did Jesus point out in His last reply was really in control?
Did Jesus have the power to do this?
How did Satan respond to Jesus' command?
Did Satan leave Jesus for good and no longer bother with trying to tempt Him?
When was the next most opportune time for Satan to get directly involved with tempting Jesus?
Were these the only times Jesus was tempted?
Why was it important that Jesus was without sin?
Copyright © 1997 by Kurt Rosenhagen
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