As I read this morning in Matthew 4 many things stood out, I want to take them one step at a time, and hopefully not scramble my thoughts.
1. Jesus is lead IMMEDIATELY after His baptism to the wilderness where He is to be tempted by Satan himself. (v.1)
a. While being tempted Satan uses what Jesus is lacking (food/ bread) to try and make Him stumble. (v. 2-3)
b. When he takes Jesus to the mountain and shows Him all of the earth he offers it to Jesus under one condition, “bow and worship me” (v.9)
c. Each time Jesus was tempted He used old testament scripture: Hunger He used Deuteronomy 8:3 (live on every word of God), Testing God He used Deuteronomy 6:16 (don’t test the Lord your God) and when Satan told Jesus to worship him He uses Deuteronomy 6:13 (Serve God and take your oaths in His name alone)
Sidenote: If Jesus quotes Deuteronomy to extinguish Satans temptation I feel it is very important, may be a place to start reading over next.
2. After He is tempted He begins His earthly ministry. (v.12)
a. Temptation is necessary to the equipping of those in ministry. We must be ready for fending off Satan’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:10)
b. Temptation is not sin, James rejoiced in temptation, trials, persecution and saw them as building up his faith. (James 1:2-4)
3. Jesus Fulfills prophecy. (14-16)
a. He withdrew to Capernaum (where His “headquarters for ministry was) (v. 14)
b. Isaiah 9:1-2, which are the verses referenced, speak of the coming Son. That He will relinquish the gloom and despair of those previously in darkness. (Isaiah 9:2)
c. He went to Capernaum to shine light on a darkened place. (Isaiah 9:2, Matthew 4:16)
Sidenote 1: Amazing how so many scriptures speak of Jesus as the light!
Sidenote 2: I think it’s cool that the prophecy spoken of is found in Isaiah since that is where I read in the evenings.
4. Jesus begins acquiring people to share in His ministry. (v. 19, 21)
a. all four of the men He calls are brothers, and fishermen (Simon and Andrew. James and John) (v. 18, 21)
b. His call was simple, “follow Me” (v. 19, 21)
c. Their responses were IMMEDIATE. (v. 20, 22)
Sidenote: James and John were literally in a boat with their father yet they IMMEDIATELY followed Him. Were they on the shore docking? Or did they, with reckless abandonment, jump from the boat knowing that nothing could keep them from following the Messiah they have been waiting for?
The word of this study is IMMEDIATE. It was spoken of in numerous occasions referring to numerous people but the attitude is the same, nothing is more important than THIS. When Imake a decision I am saying “nothing is more important than this” what is the most important thing in my life, and do my actions support my words… do yours?