Jesus’ Temptation in the Wilderness

— Luke 4:1-13

The story so far…

Luke 4:1-13

1. This was not just another man being tempted

  1. And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.
  2. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

2nd & 3rd temptation, Deuteronomy 6

  1. then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
  2. It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.
  3. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you—
  4. for the Lord your God in your midst is a jealous God—lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.
  5. You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah.
  1. They made a golden calf and worshipped it
  2. At a place called Massah they tried to pick a fight with God over whether he would provide water for them to drink
    • Moses so angry he hit the rock

The Strong man bound

  1. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
  2. Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.

2. The three aspects of Temptation

  1. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.
  1. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

A. The Desires of the Flesh


B. The Desires of the Eyes


  1. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.”

C. The Pride of Life


Conclusion —I want to end by looking at a few other verses:

James 1:2-4 & 12

1 Corinthians 10:13

Jesus, the great high priest: Hebrews 4:14-16

Pray that through the Spirit...