Lesson for July 30, 2016.

THE VICTORY OF JESUS OVER TEMPTATION

Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1-11.

Memory Verse: Hebrews 4:15.

  1. When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, what happened there at the river to empower Him further? Matthew 3:16,17; Luke 3:21,22.
  2. What was the first temptation the devil offered Jesus? Matthew 4:1-3.

NOTE: Satan always tempts one in one’s weakest condition and on one’s weakest point.  We must be well fortified with Bible truth if we are to stand strong against the suggestions and deceptiveness of Satan.

  1. How did Jesus answer in the face of Satan’s temptations? Verse 4.
  2. Describe Christ’s second temptation? Matthew 4:5,6.
  3. Throughout each encounter, how did Jesus withstand the enemy?  Did He use the wisdom or philosophy of man to combat temptations? Verse 7.

NOTE: You will notice that the devil quoted Scripture in his tempting of Jesus. Jesus had very thorough knowledge of The Word and the Will of The Heavenly Father.  In these days of deception we need to be careful and try every spirit by the Word of God. While in dedicated study of the Word, it is very needful that we pray for this pure and greater love of truth, for some are ”Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth,” 2 Timothy 3:7, and many wrest Scripture to their own destruction. 2 Peter 3:16. For those that love righteousness will be open minded with no preconceived ideas.  There must be nothing within us originating from man’s mind or creed]. All must be ”approved unto God,” 2 Timothy 2:15.  On mankind’s part, also, there must be no adulterating of The Word. Please read 2 Corinthians 2:17; 4:2; John 10:27; 17:17; Romans 3:4.

  1. What climaxing offer did the devil make in his final effort to tempt Jesus? How was he rebuked? Matthew 4:8-11.

NOTE: In comparing the temptation of Jesus with the tempting offer made to Eve, it is startling to see how similar they are. The lusts mentioned in 1 John 2:15-17, ”the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life,” were used by Satan in both instances. The first man, Adam, fell, but the second Adam triumphed, and through His victory we too can triumph. 1 Corinthians 15:22,45.

  1. What are we exhorted to do in order that we may live a life of victory and usefulness? Hebrews 4:4-16.

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