So, did you make one? Anyone, say, resolve to go on a diet? Cut out sweets? Lose ten pounds? What about exercise? Did you make a resolution to start working out? Take a long walk every day? Get in shape? I know several of you took me up on my challenge to read the Bible in its entirety this year.
Are you up to date? The beginning of the New Year is a time for making resolutions. What I want you to think about is what happens once you resolve to do something. I still use your material weekly. Last Sunday I completely drew a blank a first for me. I used your sermon with some additions to make it relevant to my congregation. So, on his behalf, thank you.
A thousand sparks to spark your imagination! Click here for more information. This relationship between testing and tempting lies at the heart of the gospel lesson for today. The Greek word, periazo, can be translated tempting or testing. Take your pick. Commentator Marsha Wilfong puts it this way:. The text begins.
Many would say that it was at this point — the baptism of Jesus — that he was first recognized as the Christ. In other words, whatever we may say about his birth, his childhood or his early adult years, it was here, standing in the waters of the Jordan, that Jesus was confirmed by God as the Promised Messiah, the Savior of the world.
According to Matthew. According to Matthew, Jesus was tempted to turn the stones into bread. Well, why not? He must have been hungry. He was tempted to protect himself.Let me tell you: HE IS! This is a consistent and vital part of what it means to be rightly related to the Lord. We are to follow Him. Going to church should be a part of following Jesus; but there is much more to it than just that.
You can go to church and not be a follower of Jesus at all. In fact, you can go to church and be possessed by a demon! In Mark 1, the Bible says Jesus went into a synagogue to preach, and says there was a man in the synagogue with a demon who cried out against Jesus. All kinds of people who belong to the devil go to church.Matthew 4:1-10 - Bible Study - 2BeLikeChrist
You do well; the demons also believe and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? There are several Twitter accounts I follow because I really like the quotes they post.
There is an A. Tozer account although A. All of these men literally left what they were doing; left things behind, and started following after Jesus: They left their jobs, they left their nets, they left their families, they left their priorities, they left their plans, they left their appointments, they left all kinds of things, to follow Jesus.
So we see that following Jesus means that we are going to do some things differently; that there will be some things we will leave behind. Now we are in a little bit different situation today than those disciples were, in that Jesus does not physically stand before us, calling us to walk after Him. You are leaving behind your old way of life, to follow Jesus in a brand new kind of life. I pointed out on my blog this week that perhaps one of the most amazing displays of the grace of Jesus was when He dealt with the adulterous woman in John 8.
You leave your sins behind. Years ago someone said if you look on the road behind Jesus and His disciples you will find all kinds of things that were left behind: — there were fishing nets left behind — there was a boat left behind — there were family members left behind — there was a business left behind — there was money left behind — there were sins left behind — there sinful partners and relationships who had to be left behind — there was ego and selfishness and self-centeredness left behind — there were careers were left behind.
Following Jesus means leaving some things behind.There is much that is good about living in Britain today.
But our country, our lives, all at times need an injection of hope, of life, of light. Some words: Street crime. Economic downturn. Petrol prices. The Christian message is a message of hope.
We have a real hope in the face of all the things that are gloomy about life. We have had a lot of build-up to Jesus beginning his public ministry. Matthew has one more short story to tell before Jesus steps onto the scene to start work. Then verse he withdrew into Galilee. And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea. What can we learn from Jesus moving himself into position ready to start the main act? But the issue is not we might learn, but what Matthew wants to teach us.
And he records Jesus moving to the north very deliberately and carefully, because there are two important things he wants to tell us about Jesus. So: What prompted Jesus to move North? Verse Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew. But we know that John was in trouble with the authorities for something. Where does that leave Jesus? The second thing that Matthew has taught us about John is that they come as a pair. Did you spot the similarity?
They came with the same message. And whatever John was preaching and doing, it has got him arrested. So he moves to much safer area, the obscure north — no offence to any northerners here! Just take comfort from the fact that moving north was moving to a safer neighbourhood.
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So right before Jesus had even begun his public ministry he was hated, and he was in danger. This is a theme that will run throughout Matthew. Public opinion was divided on Jesus. That theme then reaches its climax at the crucifixion, when the Jewish and Roman authorities were so united in their hatred of Jesus that they had him executed on trumped up charges.
Jesus was hated. Matthew wants us to be clear.Our Lord's meaning seems to be this: God purposes the welfare of his creatures - all his appointments are calculated to promote this end. Some of them may appear to man to have a contrary tendency; but even fasting itself, when used in consequence of a Divine injunction, becomes a mean of supporting that life which it seems naturally calculated to impair or destroy. Copyright Statement These files are public domain. Bibliography Clarke, Adam.
The passage is found in Deuteronomy In that place the discourse is respecting manna. Moses says that the Lord humbled the people, and fed them with manna, an unusual kind of food, that they might learn that man did not live by bread only, but that there were other things to support life, and that everything which God had commanded was proper for this. Neither Moses nor our Saviour had any reference to spiritual food, or to the doctrines necessary to support the faith of believers; but they simply meant that God could support life by other things than bread; that man was to live, not by that only, but by every other thing which proceeded out of his mouth; that is, which he chose to command people to eat.
Life depends on the will of God. He can support it in other ways as well as by bread. He has created other things to be eaten, and man may live by everything that his Maker has commanded. That Satan often takes advantage of our circumstances and wants to tempt us. The poor, the hungry, and the naked he often tempts to repine and complain, and to be dishonest in order to supply their necessities.
Jesus had just been called the Son of God, and Satan took this opportunity to try him. He often attempts to fill us with pride and vain self-conceit when we have been favored with any peace of mind, or any new view of God, and endeavors to urge us to do something which may bring us low and lead us to sin. His temptations are plausible. They often seem to be only urging us to do what is good and proper. They seem even to urge us to promote the glory of God, and to honor him.
We are not to think, therefore, that because a thing may seem to be good in itself, that therefore it is to be done. Some of the most powerful temptations of Satan occur when he seems to be urging us to do what shall be for the glory of God. We are to meet the temptations of Satan, as the Saviour did, with the plain and positive declarations of Scripture.
We are to inquire whether the thing is commanded, and whether, therefore, it is right to do it, and not trust to our own feelings, or even our wishes, in the matter.
Bibliography Barnes, Albert.
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Matthew It is written. The uses to which it may be put. Christ used it To defend His Sonship. To defeat temptation. As a direction to His way. For maintaining His own Spirit. How to handle the word With deepest reverence. Have it always ready. Understand its meaning.A long time ago, when I was just a young woman, I think I was about 22 or 23, still young enough to believe that all the answers to all my questions were out there somewhere, just waiting for me to discover.
I was a serious young woman full of serious questions, always pondering the meanings of thins — big things like life and death, goodness and evil, love and hate, sickness and health, sin and forgiveness, God and no-god. I truly believed that if I actually applied myself to my questions, I would be able to discover the answers. It was the pursuit of particular answers that lead me into the wilderness of the desert. Now, it may come as a surprise to some of you, but there are real deserts in British Columbia.
You will discover one of those deserts as you travel between Ashcroft down to Merritt. About the only thing this car had going for it was my faith in it to take me places. I can almost see myself sitting on the side of the road waiting for the radiator to cool down, so that I could risk loosening the radiator cap, to fill it up with cool water so that I could travel another hour or so, before it over-heated again.
To say that I was young and foolish, would be an understatement. But I was also, adventurous and inquisitive. I had traveled into the wilderness to do some thinking. I needed to find some answers.
I had some decisions to make; decisions, that at the time, felt like life and death. I truly believed that some time away by myself would guarantee me the kind of peace and quiet I needed to discover the answers to my questions. I was out there in the middle of nowhere, which is exactly where I had intended to be. I had travelled into the wilderness to find a place where there were no distractions, so that I could apply myself to finding an answer that I desperately needed.
You see, some stuff had happened in my life; stuff that had lead me to doubt the god that over the years I had come to love.
Looking back, I think that I went out into the wilderness looking for a sign; a sign that God existed. My faith in the God who lives out there somewhere, who from time to time hears my prayer and decides to intervene in my life, my faith in that God, had been fairly strong, right up to the point where some really tough stuff started to happen to some folks I cared a great deal about, and no matter how long or how hard I prayed, the great Sky God that I had been taught to worship, simply refused to show himself.
So, I decided to take a page or two out of the bible and follow Jesus right out into the wilderness to see if God would show up. What if it was all just wishful thinking? Or did he? Maybe Jesus went out into the wilderness to meet his demons.John ESV. Sermons on John Blessed Broken Given. God's Grace. Created for Significance. First Sunday in Lent. The sermon is about how our temptations in life can give us information about ourselves, and the world.
Temptation is Information Temptations are too much for some people to handle. I heard a few years ago a lb man sued a hospital for k, claiming it ruined his gastric stapling operation. The man underwent weight loss surgery to cure his overeating.
The surgeon implanted 70 tiny staples to Scripture: Matthew Denomination: Episcopal. What happens when you do not have a map for your faith journey? The season and spiritual practices of Lent are framed within the grace of God through Christ Jesus our Lord.
March 1, Hope Lutheran Church Rev. This morning is the first Sunday in Lent. Lent is a day season. Scripture: RomansMatthew Denomination: Lutheran. Matthew The first temptation was in the Garden of Eden where Satan tempted Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. God had given man power and authority over all creation, Scripture: GenesisRomansMatthew Temptation is common to man! Our response is common to faithful believers. Jesus is led into the desert to conquer Satan's temptations.
Temptation is the bridge that leads to sin should be choose to cross it. Let us always be thankful for God's grace in Jesus Christ. It is to be observed as a time of fasting and prayer. The 40 days reflects the 40 days that Jesus was tempted in the wilderness and Scripture: Matthew1 Peter Denomination: United Methodist. Life is filled with trials and temptations. Sometimes we fail. Jesus was also faced with great tests, but he succeeded. Denomination: Other. How did Jesus overcome the temptations of Satan in his wilderness experience?
How can we overcome the temptations and the trials that we face in our lives? Scripture: MatthewPsalms Topic: New Testament Passage: Matthew — Our text deals with something familiar to everyone, young, old, educated, uneducated, short, tall, rich, poor, ugly or good looking.
You either have, are, or will experience what the Bible calls temptation. Without question, there are real temptations to really sin in ways that really grieve God our Father. But the temptation of Jesus Christ takes us beyond decisions, behaviors, and rules to see how we are really being enticed by our enemy to sin. His baptism proved He had the required approval and empowerment for his mission as King.
Now, His temptation will prove He has the required character of the King. This entire scene is a veritable replay of the original temptation of our first parents in the Garden of Eden. But where Adam failed, Jesus, the second Adam, succeeds. Jesus is our sinless substitute; Jesus is the one who lives the obedient life I should have; Jesus is the one who dies the death I deserved for my disobedience.
The greatest moments of temptation often follow the greatest moments of exaltation. The blessing of new marriage, a promotion, a new church, even a new child can create environments ripe for temptation. We see that it is not by accident that Jesus finds himself in the wilderness—it is by design. God does not lead Him into temptation, but He does lead him into a place to be exposed to temptation. We appreciate that God often leads us into good things; but we need to learn to appreciate the times when He leads us into confrontation with bad things.
What is wilderness? At some point in our faith, all of us will be led into a wilderness. For others, wilderness is that place where you feel empty, hungry, and dissatisfied with life. I believe wilderness is that place where God takes you to be alone with Him. It is the place where there is no one or nothing that can help you fix that problem you have. And because of that, wilderness becomes the place where you are tempted to compromise, to disbelieve, to sin in order to resolve your problem apart from God.
Wilderness is that hellish place where you are desperate for a savior to rescue you.
The temptation is to find something or someone other than Jesus to save you. Why does God lead us into wilderness? No one wants to be in a wilderness experience—but everyone needs one. God chooses to take us to where the only thing we have is Him. He leads us there so that we will get close to Him. The English word of tempt always means to entice a man to do wrong or invite him to sin.
The word is better understood as testing. We are tested in the wilderness. Though Satan tries to break us through temptations, God uses them to build us. Satan intends for to make us weaker and more brittle. God turns up the heat, not to burn us, but to make our trust in Him stronger.
All too often we are so distracted by the difficulties OF wilderness that we ignore the real danger IN the wilderness.