1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone. 5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” 9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; 11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. (Luke 4:1-13)
What a rich time of Bible study we had last week considering the Sermon on the Mount. It was great to explore the mind of Jesus as it relates to the Bible. This week we turn our attention to how Jesus practiced the Disciplines, and we will start with his practice of Bible Study. As a reminder, our theme for the 40 Days of Discipline journey this year is: Be like Jesus. For the remaining 30 days of the journey we will be focus on how Jesus practiced the Disciplines.
The temptation of Jesus as captured in the passage above (Luke 4:1-13) is a classic example of how Jesus used the Bible. Over the next two days we will use this passage to discuss Bible Study and then turn our attention to Prayer on Wednesday. Please read the passage carefully and answer the two questions below.
- Jesus refers to the Bible on 3 occasions during this encounter with Satan. How do we get to the point where we are able to speak the Word into our circumstances?
- How do you guard against substituting Bible reading for Bible study?