It Is Written
"Man does not live by bread alone, but...by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD."
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’ ”
Matthew 4:1-4 NASB
Why was Jesus tested in the wilderness? Well, you remember what happened with the first Adam. He was tested in the Garden of Eden. Satan came onto God's territory, got Adam to sin, and Adam got kicked out of a garden and went into the wilderness.
The last Adam paid Satan a return visit on his territory. Jesus went into the wilderness to defeat Satan and get back for us what was lost by the failure of our forefather, Adam. By His victory, Jesus reclaimed us from the wilderness so He could bring us someday to the paradise of God, which is heaven.
Now the Bible says God does not tempt anyone (James 1:13). But He does test us. What's the difference? Testing is designed to validate our victory in Christ—but tempting by the Devil is designed to defeat us spiritually.
So Jesus came under Satan's temptation. Jesus had fasted for forty days and nights in preparation for spiritual battle. Now what does that tell us about the Devil? He had been watching Jesus fast. He knew Jesus was hungry.
Satan was questioning God's provision. He was saying to Jesus, "God hasn't given you what you need." Have you ever felt that way? It's been forty days, and God hasn't supplied yet. You're hunting for a job, and He hasn't given it to you yet. You've been praying for a raise, and it hasn't come through. You've been waiting for a mate, but God hasn't given you one yet. Satan says, "God is really not that good, because if He was good, you would have what you need by now.”
What did Jesus say? "It is written." There was more to this issue than food. There is also more to your issue than a job, a raise, a mate. Have you considered God is up to something in your life? Could it be He is trying to get your attention? Jesus answered temptation with the Word. We need to learn that we don't live by bread alone but by the Word of the One who provides it. God did not give you the Bible to decorate your table or to carry under your arm. He gave it to talk to us. So—what is He saying?
This week we are praying for EDUCATION:
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better."
Ephesians 1:17 NIV