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Friday, January 17, 2014

Anatomy of Temptation (Insights)

Before reading these insights, I encourage you to do the study Anatomy of Temptation

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Let's compare Satan's temptation of Eve with his temptation of Jesus. 

There are similarities in these temptations: Satan appealed to both Eve's and Christ's physical desire for food and he told them that following his advice would improve their lives. He wanted Eve and Jesus to disobey God's rules and disregard God's plans. The temptation of Christ proved Christ could/would turn back the damage of Satan's temptation of Eve.

1. What disadvantage did Jesus have that Eve did not have? 

When Satan tempted Jesus to turn stones to bread, Jesus had been without food for 40 days and nights and He was hungry (v.2). Eve, on the other hand, didn't eat the forbidden fruit from hunger. She could have eaten the fruit from any other tree in the Garden (Genesis 2:15-17).

Eve tempted, Christ Tempted
2. What additional strategy did Satan use with Jesus that he didn't use with Eve? 

Satan quoted Scripture out of context, something he still does to tempt Christians.  (See Pieces Parts Bible Study)

3. How did Jesus have victory over Satan's temptations? 

In each case Jesus correctly quoted Scripture to refute Satan's temptations. In addition, Jesus was in constant, vibrant communication with His Father.

4. How can we apply Jesus' strategy in our lives? 

This is a practical take-away from the temptation of Christ. If we keep our relationship with God fresh and know His Word, we will be prepared to stand up against temptation.

Matthew 4: 1-11: Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’" 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’" 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’" 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. 

Genesis 3: 1-7: Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 

copyright 2014, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

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