A. JESUS LED INTO THE WILDERNESS TO BE TEMPTED.
1. 40 days and nights without eating.
2. The first temptation – EAT (vs. 3).
3. Jesus responded from the Scriptures (vs. 4; Psa. 119:11).
B. Deut. 8:1-3. JESUS’ ANSWER: “THOU SHALT NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE.”
C. WE WANT TO LOOK AT JESUS’ ANSWER FOR ITS GREAT LESSONS.
A. OVER A MILLION LEFT EGYPT AND WENT INTO THE DESERT.
1. Food was needed, God gave them manna
(Ex. 16. vs, 3-4, 13-15, 31, 35).
2. manna. ‘What is it?’ (Brown Driver & Briggs Hebrew Lexicon).
B. MOSES’ EXHORTATION TO FAITHFULNESS (Deut. 8:1-3).
1. He reminds them of their hunger and his provision.
2. His Purpose: To teach their dependence on Him for Spiritual Bread.
A. JESUS USED THE TRUTH OF Deut. 8:3 TO ANSWER TEMPTATION. (Matt. 4:4).
1. Why would it have been wrong for Jesus to turn stones to bread?
2. Contrary to God’s will somehow. Who rules? (John 6:38; Rom. 6:12).
B. GOD MADE US TO BE SPIRITUAL BEINGS (Gen. 1:26).
1. We belong to God (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
2. Who will WE serve? (1 John 2:15).
A. JOY AND FULFILLMENT COMES FROM FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD (1 John 1:1-4)
1. Not thru fulfilling of physical “needs” (Matt. 4:4; 1 John 2:17).
2. Not thru comfort of fleeting earthly relationships (Heb. 13:8).
B. FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD ONLY POSSIBLE ON THE BASIS OF HIS WORD.
1. God’s word is truth (John 17:17; Rom. 3:4).
2. The importance of truth in our faith (John 8:31-32; 1 Tim. 2:4).
3. Can’t come to God without it (John 6:44-45).
C. A CHOICE NEEDS TO BE MADE – BREAD or GOD? (Matt. 6:22-24).
THE SOUL or THE BODY? (John 6:26-27).
D. THERE IS A CONSEQUENCE TO OUR CHOICE (Heb. 12:16-17).
E. IF WE SUBMIT TO HIM, GOD WILL PROVIDE (Matt. 6:25, 33; Psa. 37:25).
A. IT IS TRUE THAT MAN LIVES BY BREAD –
BUT NOT BREAD ALONE.
B. WE MUST REMEMBER THE TRUE SOURCE OF OUR STRENGTH (Deut. 8:10-17).