In Luke 4:2, we read that Jesus was forty days tempted of the devil in the wilderness of Judea. Of those forty days of stress we know nothing at all, save that they were days of complete fasting for Jesus. At the end of the fast, he was intensely hungry.
“And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.” Who was this tempter here described as “the devil”?
Mark tells us (1:13) that Jesus was in the wilderness “with the wild beasts...” which excludes all idea of even a scattered human population. So far as human beings were concerned he was alone. He was led of the Spirit away from his fellows, so that in retirement and in solitude his mind could calmly ponder over the tasks which lay ahead, and meditate freely and without interruption over the greatness of the occasion and the corresponding greatness of the responsibility.
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Author: P. H. Adams
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Bible reference(s): Luke 4:2-13, Mark 1:13, Matthew 4:1-11
Source: “Some Notes on the Temptation of Christ,” The Testimony, Vol. 3, No. 35, November 1933, pp. 339-41. Used with permission.
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