Matthew , Chapter 4

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Matthew 4

(4:1) "Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil." Jesus is led by the Spirit of God to be tempted by the devil. Which, at least according to James 1:13 ("God cannot be tempted with evil."), means that Jesus is not God.

(4:2) "He had fasted forty days and forty nights."
The Science of Starvation: How long can humans survive without food or water?

Satan Tempts Jesus

4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. (4:5-10) The devil correctly quotes scripture (Psalm 91:11-12), while Jesus misquotes Deuteronomy by adding "only" to Deuteronomy 6:13.

(4:5-6) "The devil ... saith unto him ... For it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone." (Accurate quote of Psalm 91:11-12)

(4:7) "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."
Can God be tempted?
Is it OK to test (or tempt) God?

(4:8) "The devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world." The devil kidnaps Jesus and takes him up to the top of the temple, and then to the top of "an exceeding high mountain," high enough to see "all the kingdoms of the world." I guess the earth was flat in those days.

(4:9) "All these things will I give thee."
Who is the Lord of the earth?
Who owns the earth?

(4:10) "Then saith Jesus ... it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." (Misquote of Deuteronomy 6:13)
Should we serve God alone?

(4:12, 18-19) After John the Baptist was imprisoned, Jesus asked Peter and and Andrew to be his disciples.
Which came first: the calling of Peter and Andrew or the imprisonment of John the Baptist?

(4:12) "When Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee."

(4:18-19) "And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea ... And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."

Peter, Andrew, James, and John

4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
4:12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
4:13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
4:15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
4:20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
4:21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
4:22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
4:25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.

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Matthew 4:6-10 - A Misquote?
Matthew 4:7 - Testing/Tempting God
Matthew 4:8 - Did Matthew Think the Earth is Flat?
Matthew 4:10 - Serving God Alone

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