Thursday, October 8, 2020

Adult Bible Study on Matthew 3:13-4-11 – The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus

1. Why did Jesus say it was proper for Him to be baptized to fulfill all righteousness?


Jesus is our example. He did everything that we’re supposed to do to show us the way.



2. What is the significance of the Holy Spirit coming down on Jesus in form of a dove?


Genesis 8:10-11 - He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.


The dove in the story of the Flood signifies a new beginning for the earth. The Holy Spirit alighting on Jesus is a visible signal that God is again making a new beginning as Jesus starts His ministry.



3. Why does God allow the devil to tempt us?


God gave us free will. He allows the devil to tempt us to give us a choice of whether we will choose to love and obey God or not.



4. What is the purpose of fasting?


Someone fasts to seek God. Their hunger is a reminder to turn their attention away from physical comforts and to pray to God. They may be in a mindset of repentance or asking God to do something or seeking God’s will. In this case, Jesus may have been seeking intimacy with God and preparing for His ministry.



5. What is the devil tempting Jesus with in each of these temptations?


In the first temptation, he’s tempting Jesus to fulfill His physical needs. In the second, to prove and take pride in His identity. In the third, to wield power.


How does this compare to the devil’s temptation of Eve?


Genesis 3:5-6 - “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”


When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.


The devil tempted Eve with something that was good for food (physical need), with wisdom (taking pride in her own knowledge and decision-making), and with being like God (power). All temptations can fall into these categories – physical desires, pride, and some sort of power. The devil has no new tricks, so once we recognize these temptations, we can resist them.



6. What do all three of Jesus’ answers have in common?


He used Scripture to refute the devil, showing our need to know God’s Word. He also relied on and honored God in His decisions. He put God above anything else He might have desired in those moments.