God’s Word defends against temptation, (vv. 4, 7, 10)
- There are three temptations recorded by Matthew that fall into broad categories of temptation we face today… note that this temptation (luring) occurred after time spent fasting and praying
- An appeal to physical needs. Jesus was hungry, and the tempter tempted Jesus to make some bread
- Tempted to take a short cut. Jesus knew what He needed to do. He had to go to Jerusalem, suffer, and be killed (16:21). Therefore, the tempter offered Jesus an easier path.
- Tempted Jesus with power. The tempter shows Jesus all the glory of the kingdoms, but not the evil that exists in them.
Jesus responded to all three of the devil's temptations with Scripture.