Welcome to week nineteen of our 36-week Intro to the Bible Study. This week we are going to look at Baptism and temptation of Jesus.After Jesus was born, He was taken to the temple to be presented to the Lord. Two Holy people there recognized Him as the Promised One. Jesus grew in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man. When Jesus was about 30 years old, John the Baptist began to preach in the wilderness.
Today’s message come from Matthew 3:1-4:1-11.
We start today’s story off with John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness of Judea. His message was basically a prelude to Jesus starting his ministry. He is telling the people to repent for the kingdom of heaven has come near. He further goes on to say that spoken through the prophet Isaiah that they are to prepare for the coming of Jesus or the Promise One. (Matthew 3:1-3)
John the Baptist wore clothes made of camel hair and he had a leather belt around his waist while his menu consisted of locusts and wild honey. People travelled from all over the region of Jordan to confess their sins and to be baptized by John in the Jordan River. (Matthew 3:4-6)
People came day by day, when John would see the Pharisees and the Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing. He basically challenged them by they were dangerous, treacherous persons. They would have to repent for their sins and if not, they would be thrown in the depths of fire of Hell. He finally stated that I baptize you with water for repentance, but the ultimate authority will baptize you with the Holy Spirit for who’s sandals I am not worthy to carry. (Matthew 3:7-12)
Jesus travelled to Jordan where John was preaching. Jesus wanted to be baptized by John, but John attempted to deter him by saying that Jesus should baptize John the Baptist. Jesus says let it be so now because it is the proper thing to do. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he arose up out of the water and the heavens opened and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. A voice from heaven says this is my son whom I love, with him I am well pleased. (Matthew 3:13-17)
After being baptized, Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Spirit. This was so that Jesus may be tempted by the devil. Jesus was there and fasted forty days and forty nights before he was tempted. (Matthew 4:1-2)
Jesus was tempted three times. The first one was to command these stones to turn to bread because you are hungry after fasting if you are truly the Son of God. Jesus responded using the word that Man should not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:3-4)
The second temptation was after the devil took him into the Holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple. If you are truly the Son of God, then throw yourself down and allow the angels to have charge over you that they may bear you up as it is written. Again, Jesus using the word stated you shall not tempt the Lord your God. (Matthew 4:5-7)
Finally, the devil took Jesus up on a high mountain. He showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. The devil says to Jesus that if you drop to your knees and worship me I will give all these to you. Using the word for the third time, Jesus told the devil to go away and that it was written that you shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve. The devil then left and instantly angels came and ministered to Jesus. (Matthew 4:8-11)
Questions to be answered:
- What did we learn about God in this story?
- What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story?
- What did you learn new in this story?
- What should I do differently because of this story?
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