1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.
3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'”
7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.'”
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'”
11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
Today I come to the portion of Scripture that is usually titled “The Temptation of Jesus.”
The first “Red Letters” I come to is Jesus saying; “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” It’s a simple statement of truth, ignoring the taunt completely.
Go back to verse three to see what the devil said to elicit that response from Jesus “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
It’s a bully’s challenge to tempt Jesus to step outside His fathers will, do a miracle and provide himself with some chow. In responding Jesus does not rise to the temptation. Instead He uses scripture to thwart the challenge. No discussing or debating the issue, just a simple answer to turn it away.
I need that kind of calm, cool, collected thinking when in the heat of a discussion!
So I say my favorite prayer – “Lord, I want some of that!”