4:1-4:11 – The temptation of Jesus is the temptation to take what God wants to give us without having to suffer first. It’s all about the easy way. Jesus knows, however, that the only way to receive God’s gifts is to be obedient, even if obedience requires suffering.
4:3, 6 – The word “If” is important. The devil wants Jesus to question his identity. “If you are the Son of God….”
4:6 – The devil is smart: here he is quoting Psalm 91 to Jesus! (In your Bibles, when the type is indented and in quotation marks, it’s a quotation from the Old Testament.)
THIS IS WHY WE ARE READING THROUGH SCRIPTURE–if we don’t know the entire story, it is easy to be misled. Jesus knows that the devil is taking the promise of Psalm 91 and twisting it. Because Jesus knows scripture, he has a response. What about you? Are you able to use scripture to keep yourself from being led astray?
Why do the people live such long lives?
We don’t know when Genesis was written, and we don’t know what the people were like who originally heard it. What we do know is that numbers meant something different to ancient peoples than they do to us today. Are we supposed to assume that Adam lived 930 literal years, or does 930 mean something? We don’t know. What we do know is that the Bible says that God thereafter puts a cap of 120 years on human lives (6:3).
6:4 – We don’t know who the Nephilim were, or what exactly is going on here. Whatever it means, it’s not good. (And if you haven’t watched the Read Scripture video on Genesis 1-11, now would be a good time:
I find think this video explains the Nephilim passage pretty well.)
5:2, 6:19 – “Male and female.” To the writer of Genesis, the division between the sexes is really important. Here is restated again the idea from 1:27, that somehow men and women together reflect the likeness of God.
7:16 – “And the LORD shut him in.” What a great detail!
- 24: The book of Hebrews also mentions Enoch and how, because he pleased God, he did not experience death but was simply taken.
- 25-27 – Methuselah is the oldest recorded person in the Bible.
- 6 – A powerful verse suggesting the extreme extent of man’s wickedness and the degree to which it pains God.
- 8-9 – Noah seems to be the only person on earth who is purposefully walking with God.
- 22 & 7:5 – It is noted throughout the Bible when people follow God’s instructions exactly. This should be our goal too.
- 7-10 – John recognized that the Pharisees and Saducees were not getting baptized to put their faith in the Lord, but simply to check the box like they tended to do. Their lives did not bear the fruit of a life of repentance.
- 14 – John understandably felt unworthy to baptize Jesus.
- 17 – A powerful image for any witnesses that day as Jesus is filled with the Holy Spirit and publicly professed by God.
- Note that the devil twists the meaning of Scripture to try to tempt Jesus. If we don’t know Scripture, how much more could the devil do this to us?
- Though David continually faced formidable foes, he is just as frequently confessing his faith in God’s ability to protect him.
Temptation is so enticing and it knows our weak spots. Ultimately, sin destroys us.