A. JESUS LED INTO THE WILDERNESS TO BE TEMPTED.
1. 40 days and nights without eating.
2. The first temptation – EAT (vs. 3).
3. Jesus responded from the Scriptures (vs. 4; Psa. 119:11).
B. Deut. 8:1-3. JESUS’ ANSWER: “THOU SHALT NOT LIVE BY BREAD
C. WE WANT TO LOOK AT JESUS ANSWER FOR ITS GREAT LESSON.
A. OVER A MILLION LEFT EGYPT AND WENT INTO THE DESERT.
1. Food was needed, God gave them manna
(Exodus 16; vs. 3-4, 13-15, 31, 35).
2. manna `What is it?' (Brown Driver & Briggs Hebrew Lexicon).
B. MOSES EXHORTATION TO FAITHFULNESS (Deut. 8:1-3).
1. He reminds them of their hunger and his provision.
2. His purpose: To teach their dependence on Him for Spiritual bread.
A. JESUS USED THE TRUTH OF Deut. 8:3 TO ANSWER TEMPTATION
1. Why would it have been wrong for Jesus to turn stones to bread?
2. Contrary to God’s will somehow. Who rules? (John 6:38; Rom. 6:12).
B. GOD MADE US TO BE SPIRITUAL BEINGS (Gen. 1:26).
1. We belong to God (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
2. Who will WE serve? (1 John 2:15).
A. JOY AND FULFILLMENT COMES FROM FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
(1 John 1:1-4).
1. Not thru the fulfilling of physical “needs.” (Matt. 4:4; 1 John 2:17).
2. Not thru the comfort of fleeting earthly relationships (Heb. 13:8).
B. FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD ONLY POSSIBLE ON THE BASIS OF HIS
1. God’s word is truth (John 17:17; Rom. 3:4).
2. The importance of truth in our faith (John 8:31-32; 1 Tim. 2:4).
3. Can’t come to God without it (John 6:44-45).
D. THERE IS A CONSEQUENCE TO OUR CHOICE (Heb. 12:16-17).
E. IF WE SUBMIT TO HIM, GOD WILL PROVIDE
(Matt. 6:25, 33; Psa. 37:25).
A. IT IS TRUE THAT MAN LIVES BY BREAD –
BUT NOT BREAD ALONE.
B. WE MUST REMBER THE TRUE SOURCE OF OUR STRENGTH