Because the real battle was with Satan (1 Jn. 3:8), it was fitting for Jesus to start by facing him. Because Jesus is the second Adam (Rom. 5:19), it was necessary for him to choose obedience to God over rebellion suggested by Satan. Because Jesus was the new Moses leading a greater Exodus, it was necessary for him to be tested in the wilderness for 40 days.
- Gary DeLashmutt