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Matthew 4:1-11

Matthew 4:1-11

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I. There are two possible things happening in this narrative

1. The narrator is linking Jesus with the Exodus experiences of the nation Israel (cf. Exodus 16-17; Deuteronomy 6-8) and thereby the narrator is presenting Jesus as “Better Israel”

2. This passage is a kind of typology

II. The Devils suggestions are in first class condition

III. Jesus was not panicked at His predicament that He would do anything to mitigate his situation (vv. 2-4)

1. Jesus trusted God’s ability to provide for His physical need (contrast it with the behavior of the people of Israel)

2. Jesus faced His predicament with God’s promises and Scripture

(a) No worries
(b) Unnecessary strivings

3. Listening to God is what sustains people, not necessarily acting selfishly or listening to Satan’s quick fixes

4. Jesus did not put priority for physical need over spiritual need

(a) We put physical need
(b) We do not understand that most of our problems or predicaments are spiritual in nature

5. Jesus is not self-serving and self-gratifying

6. Satan highlights Jesus’ own needs tempting to focus his self (this is the place where everyone falls)

7. Jesus did not abuse His power for selfish needs (In the wilderness, God humbled the people of Israel by assuring them that He would provide for them while they were unemployed)

8. Jesus would not do anything that impedes God’s mission

IV. Secondary observation

1. Importance of Scripture
2. Importance of understanding the Scripture in its proper context
3. The power of the use of the Scripture against Satan when it is used in its proper context

V. Take Away

Be on the side of the Better Israel, by being inspired by His role model

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org