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The Devil Tempts Jesus

Matthew 4:1-11

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Opening Prayer

Jesus Starts His Ministry (Luke 3:21-23)
    How old was Jesus when He began His ministry?
      Luke 3:23
    What did Jesus do to kick off His ministry?
      Luke 3:21
    Did Jesus need to be cleansed through baptism for a fresh start in ministry?
      Matthew 3:13-15
    What was the most important thing that happened at Jesus' baptism?
      Luke 3:22
    What was one reason that the Spirit appeared physically?
      John 1:32-33
    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?
      Mark 1:12
    How long was He in the desert and what happened to Him there?
      Mark 1:13

    How does Matthew first show Jesus as the new Israel?
      Matthew 2:14-15
    How does Jesus being led into the desert by the Spirit compare with Israel?
      Exodus 13:17-18
    How was Jesus likewise armed for battle?
      Mark 1:10-11

    How do Jesus' 40 days of testing in the desert point to Israel?
      Joshua 5:6
    How did the old Israel respond to temptations it experienced in the desert?
      Exodus 32:1-4
    How did God protect Israel from wild animals in the desert just as He did later for Jesus?
      Numbers 21:7-9
    What is another example of God's providence with wild animals for the desert-based Israelites?
      Numbers 11:31-32
    How was the original Israel also attended by angels?
      Exodus 23:20

Jesus Tempted (Matthew 4:1)
    Why did the Spirit lead Jesus into the desert?
      Matthew 4:1
    Did God tempt Jesus?
      Job 1:9-12
    Does God tempt His people to test them?
      James 1:13
    Can temptations lead to growing in maturity and becoming more complete?
      James 1:14-15
    How do we know when we are being tested by God or tempted by Satan?
      James 1:16-17

Why Does God Test? (Deuteronomy 8:2)
    Why was this testing of Jesus important, just as it had been important for the first Israel?
      Deuteronomy 8:2
    Why does God test His people?
      1 Peter 1:6-7
    How are we to respond to the difficulties of God's tests?
      James 1:2-4
    How does perseverance from difficulties make us more mature, not lacking anything?
      Romans 5:3-5
    Why should we rejoice when God tests us?
      Hebrews 12:5-7, 11
    What is the reward for those who persevere?
      James 1:12

The First Temptation (Matthew 4:2-3)
    At what point during Jesus' 40 days in the desert did the first temptation come?
      Luke 4:1-2
    Had he not eaten because He couldn't find any food in the desert?
      Matthew 4:2
    Why did Jesus fast?
      Matthew 6:17-18
    Do we have a record of any other fast lasting this long?
      Exodus 34:28

    How did Satan take advantage of Jesus' weakness to tempt Him?
      Matthew 4:3a
    How did Satan take advantage of Jesus' hunger to severely tempt Him?
      Matthew 4:3
    How could just a word from Jesus turn stones into bread?
      John 1:1-3

Jesus Replies to the First Temptation (Matthew 4:4)
    How was this temptation similar to the first temptation that man succumbed to?
      Genesis 3:4-6
    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?
      Matthew 4:4
    Was Jesus quoting this verse out of context to make His own point?
      Deuteronomy 8:2-3
    Why did Jesus quote God's Word to defend himself against Satan's attack?
      Ephesians 6:10-17

The Second Temptation (Matthew 4:5-7)
    Seeing that Jesus' hunger was not a strong enough temptation, what did Satan then focus on?
      Matthew 4:5-6a
    How did Satan try to turn Jesus' reliance on God's Word against Him?
      Matthew 4:6
    Did Satan quote this verse correctly and completely?
      Psalm 91:11-12
    Did Jesus recognize the slight adjustment Satan had made?
      Matthew 4:7
    Did Jesus misquote an obscure part of Scripture?
      Deuteronomy 6:4, 16

    What had happened at Massah?
      Exodus 17:1-2
    How were they putting God to the test just by asking for water?
      Exodus 17:3
    How did God respond to this threat to Moses?
      Exodus 17:4-6
    How was this incident further pointed out as an example of man testing God?
      Exodus 17:7

The Third Temptation (Matthew 4:8-10)
    Unable to get Jesus to test his deity, how did Satan then appeal to His human desires?
      Matthew 4:8-9
    How could Satan show Jesus all the kingdoms of the world from a high mountain?
      Luke 4:5
    Was Satan exaggerating that he had power over the world that he could offer to Jesus?
      John 12:31
    Was power over the nations something Satan could really give?
      Psalm 2:5-8
    Did Jesus understand who alone had control over the world?
      Matthew 4:10

Satan Leaves (Matthew 4:11)
    Who did Jesus point out in His last reply was really in control?
      Matthew 4:10a
    Did Jesus have the power to do this?
      Luke 10:18-19
    How did Satan respond to Jesus' command?
      Matthew 4:11

    Did Satan leave Jesus for good and no longer bother with trying to tempt Him?
      Luke 4:13
    When was the next most opportune time for Satan to get directly involved with tempting Jesus?
      Mark 8:31-33
    Were these the only times Jesus was tempted?
      Hebrews 4:15
    Why was it important that Jesus was without sin?
      Hebrews 7:26-27

Closing Prayer

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