Jesus’s Wilderness Temptation (Matt 4:1–11)

The temptation in the wilderness is obviously an important event in the life of Christ, in which he resists the devil; but what does this event really mean? At first glance, this can seem like a strange episode with little direct application to us. Why were these particular temptations tried on Jesus? What is their significance? Further, what does this mean for us? Should we memorize more scripture and not give in to temptation? Or is there more to this story than that?

KLEVEN matthew 4.1-11 exegetical paper


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