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The flesh, the devil, and the world: Jesus' temptations in the desert
Transcript of The flesh, the devil, and the world: Jesus' temptations in the desert
The temptation in the Garden vs. the temptation in the Desert
Adam & Eve tempted by the Serpent
Jesus tempted by Satan
(The Pride of Life)
"So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, a delight to the eyes, and desirable 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." - Genesis 3:6
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is
not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he
who does the will of God abides for ever." (1 John 2:13-17)
And the devil took him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this power and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it shall all be yours.” And answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve’.”
And [the devil] took him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the Temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here; for it is written, ‘He will give his angels charge of you, to guard you,’ and, ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone’.” And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time." (Luke 4:1-13)
"And Jesus, fully of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone’.”
Christ's Obedience Undoes Adam's Disobedience!
"The Gospels speak of a time of
for Jesus in the desert immediately after his
by John. Driven by the
into the desert, Jesus remains there for
days without eating; he lives among wild beasts, and angels minister to him. At the end of this time Satan tempts him
times, seeking to compromise his filial attitude toward God. Jesus rebuffs these attacks, which
recapitulate the temptations of Adam
in Paradise and of
Israel in the desert
, and the devil leaves him “until an opportune time.”
The evangelists indicate the salvific meaning of this mysterious event: Jesus is the new Adam who remained faithful just where the first Adam had given in to temptation... In this, Jesus is the devil’s conqueror: he “binds the strong man” to take back his plunder [Mark 3:27].
Jesus’ victory over the tempter in the desert anticipates victory at the Passion, the supreme act of obedience of his filial love for the Father.
-Dr. Brant Pitre
Food, Drink, Alcohol,
Money, Clothes, Cars, Houses, Investments, Gambling,
Egotism, Anger, Idolatry
3 Temptations of The Israelites