September 5

September 5

Jesus’ Temptation — A 40-day fast, the Bible, & three types of temptation (flesh/eyes/pride).

Today’s Readings:

Reading 1: Matthew 4:1-11

Reading 2: Deuteronomy 8:1-3

Reading 3: 1 John 2:15-16

There are three types of temptation to which humanity is susceptible. These are described by the Apostle John as physical appetites (or pleasures), lust for what we see (which is an inability to be satisfied with God whom we cannot see), and pride in our own achievements and possessions.

Jesus faced all these temptations and overcame them by trusting God and His Word. This is a strategy you and I can use in our own battles with temptation.

Notice also that the 40 days Jesus went without food reflect the 40 years Israel wandered in the wilderness while God sought to cleanse them of their sin and teach them to overcome temptation. By winning the battle in 40 days, Jesus fulfills God’s purpose in the 40 years. And He will complete the good work He has begun in us.

Have a great day!

Mark.

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