The Temptation of Jesus: Stones into Bread (Through the Gospels)


“'But he answered, 'It is written', 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God'” ^Matthew 4:4. (Click to read entire passage) 

The devil has come to Jesus after 40 days of fasting food and water in the wilderness. The devil tries to tempt Jesus to turn stones into bread. The enemy says, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread” (Matthew 4:3). 

The mockery, “If you are the Son of God” and the temptation, “Command these stones to become loaves of bread.” What is the enemy tempting Jesus to do here? To simply eat? No. The enemy is trying to deter Jesus from accomplishing His mission. The enemy wants Jesus to fail at obeying God and fulfilling His mission.

Israel during their 40 years in the wilderness complained to God that they were hungry so God fed them with mana. Israel sinned against God by continuously complaining and given into the fear of Pharaoh. But we find Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days with no complaints. We find Jesus hungry for food and water but sustains Himself on the Word of God. We find Jesus unwavering by the power of the devil and puts His complete faith and trust in God. Jesus did what Israel could not. Jesus obediently fulfilled the mission that God the Father had given Him.

But how? Jesus responds, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Jesus put His confidence in God’s Word and character. The Word of God is the basis of His trust and confidence. Jesus did not simply know what God said, but He trusted in the character and sovereignty of God as seen in His Word.

You and I must do the same. We must stand on the Word of God. When we are tempted to doubt, wonder and sin, we must remember that God is better. We must remember that God never changes and His promises is ever true. When we do this, we will prevail against the temptations of the enemy. Cling to the Word above everything else! 

William ChungComment