of Jesus (4:1-11)
Return to Galilee (4:12-16)
Jesus’ Preaching (4:17)
First Disciples (4:18-22)
Healing the Sick
Tempted, Son of
God, “It is written,” light, kingdom, fishers of men, at once, immediately,
teaching, preaching, healing.
1. It was God’s
will that Jesus should go through the suffering of temptation so that He may
sympathize with our weaknesses and become our merciful and faithful High Priest
3. They all aim
at these human weaknesses: self-centeredness; desire to prove oneself or to
satisfy one’s lust; submission to Satan’s commands in exchange for physical or
4. By asking
Jesus to turn stones into bread, Satan hoped to lure Jesus into obeying his
commands and misusing his divine power for personal interests.
By asking Jesus
to throw himself down the temple, Satan hoped that Jesus would prove his
divinity by calling upon God’s protection.
By asking Jesus
to bow down to him, Satan hoped that Jesus would defy God’s commands and
surrender His authority to Satan in order to gain the world.
5. Several times
Jesus was presented with situations where He could have fed on his pride or
“proved” that He was from God. For example:
The people wanted
to make Him king by force (Jn 6:14,15).
The Pharisees and
Sadducees demanded a sign (Mt 16:1-4).
Him, “Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God” (Mt 27:40).
responded to Satan’s challenge to turn stones into bread by pointing out that
obedience to God’s command in order to have spiritual life is more important
than sustaining the body with food.
Jesus quoted the
Scriptures, “You shall not tempt the LORD your God” to show that it is wrong to
deliberately put ourselves in a situation to test the truthfulness of God’s
Jesus turned down
Satan’s attractive offer by God’s very command that we are to worship and serve
only the Lord God.
7. He is a
deceiver and liar (Rev 12:9; Jn 8:44). He disguises
himself as an angel of light (2Cor 11:14-15) in order to take advantage of our
ignorance or spiritual dullness. He leads people into false doctrines and sin
in the same way the serpent deceived Eve (2Cor 11:3). Satan is well versed in
the Scriptures and is able to fool those who are not watchful or those who have
wrong motives for following God’s word.
8. Satan misused
the Scriptures in order to make his case strong. Such application of God’s word
for self-justification or gratification is the source of error.
Jesus’ quotation of God’s word, on the contrary, were all based on
the truth in God’s words and a sincere obedience to God’s authority.
should not use God’s word to justify ourselves for our selfish gain. Instead,
we ought to study and apply God word with the intent to know and obey God’s
9. Store God’s
word in our hearts and know God’s will.
Have a sincere
desire to obey God’s will over our personal needs.
Be faithful to
God and not be distracted by material or fleshly allurement.
refers to the hopeless condition of death (shadow of death in verse 16) that
results from futile thinking and shameful deeds of disobedience (see Eph 4:17,18; 5:11,12).
Light refers to
God’s mercy and salvation, which bring us unto the path of hope and peace (Lk 1:78-79; Acts 26:17,18)
12. The Lord
Jesus Christ brought salvation to not only Israel but also the gentiles (Acts
13a. They would win souls and make disciples of all nations
13b. They were sent by their master to preach God’s kingdom and
heal the sick. After they received the Holy Spirit, they became Christ’s
witnesses from Jerusalem
to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).
14. Be quick to respond to Jesus’ command. Put God first in our
lives. This calls for trust in God and total dedication.
15. Verse 19
teaches us that to be fishers of men, we need to follow the Lord Jesus. This
means imitating the examples of the Lord, serving Him, obeying His word, and
participating in His sufferings.
The same verse
also teaches us that it is the Lord who makes us fishers of men. We need the
life-transforming power of God in order to be the Lord’s witnesses (Eph
2:8-10). We need to trust in the Lord, feed on His word, and be filled with the
Holy Spirit. Through constant change and renewal, the Lord makes us fishers of
preaching, and healing (4:23).