Mat 4:1-11; You Have the Power of the Son of God in Your Hand.

Class Outline:

Sunday January 21, 2024


The Spirit leads Him.

He is sensitive to the way that the Spirit wants Him to go.


Does the Spirit lead each of us in thought, action, even place? Is it that we’re not the Messiah or is it that we’re not sensitive to Him though faith and prayer?


EZE 36:26-27

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.


Jesus is tested in the laboratory of the wilderness against the Exodus. Where they failed He succeeded.


He does not do what we expect a God King to do. Jesus responds to the great fallen angel, ruler of the kingdoms of the world, prince and power of the air with …


The power of the Son of God

Scripture - the word from the mouth of God.


It is just like Elijah - not earthquake, storm, or fire, but a voice.


This is very significant for the believers in this age who are also sons and daughters of God and who are also anointed with the Holy Spirit.



All who live a life led by the Spirit are going to come into conflict with the world.

JOH 15:19

because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.


If you are led by the Spirit then you are living by the Spirit and that means fruit - fruit that convicts the world’s love of self and pleasure, fruit that loudly proclaims the gospel in word and conduct, fruit therefore that the world hates and Satan intensely despises.


MAT 4:1-11

Knowing and applying the word of God is the only way to successfully overcome the temptation to sin.


MAT 4:1-11

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." 4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'"


5 Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written,









7 Jesus said to him, "On the other hand, it is written, 'YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.'"


8 Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; 9 and he said to Him, "All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me." 10 Then Jesus said to him, "Go, Satan! For it is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'"  11 Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.


The Exodus should have done what Jesus did - used God’s Word precisely and with faith.

1) Tested by hunger [God’s Word].

2) Promised a kingdom [God’s Word].  

3) Told to obey and wait [God’s Word].  


The Exodus should have done what Jesus did.

1) The Exodus was tested by hunger (DEU 8:3).


DEU 8:3

“He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.”


God is not torturing or trying to prove to Satan that His own people are good (He knows what they’re going to do).


DEU 8:1-2

All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your forefathers. 2 "You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.


Did God not know what was in their hearts?

Our hunger is God’s way of showing us what is in our hearts.


In reference to Jesus the Messiah King, He is also, as fully human, learning what is in His own heart, and like us, He is learning the power of God’s Word.


The temptation is to leave obedience to God in order to attempt to satisfy our hunger in another way.


What is our hunger?

Obedience in the spiritual life starves self and the flesh.


The flesh wars with the Spirit. The old man is laid aside, but he or she protests.


What was the means of overcoming the temptation?

The Word of God precisely known.


You do not have to memorize word for word, but you do have to know it well enough to interpret the concept of its truth precisely.


JOS 24:19

"Now therefore, put away the foreign gods which are in your midst, and incline your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel."


2) Israel was also promised a kingdom.

“Fall down and worship me …”


DEU 6:10-11

“Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are satisfied,”


We have been given a kingdom of which we are members and are in possession of though it is not here on earth among us. Satan will test us with a substitute earthly kingdom.

ROM 14:17

for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.


JAM 2:5

did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?


Satan’s test was that kingdoms could be had another way.

If Jesus would fall down and worship him.


DEU 6:12-16

then watch yourself, that you do not forget the Lord who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 "You shall fear only the Lord your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name. 14 "You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you, 15 for the Lord your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; otherwise the anger of the Lord your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth.


16 "You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested Him at Massah.


Israel was told to obey and wait.

“Throw yourself down …”


DEU 6:17-19

You should diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and His testimonies and His statutes which He has commanded you. 18 "You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the Lord swore to give your fathers, 19 by driving out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has spoken.


A frequent and powerful temptation is that you don’t have to wait.


1Pet 5:6-7

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.


HEB 11:1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.


HAB 2:4

But the righteous will live by his faith.



All believers are tempted from the source of the devil to abandon strict adherence to God’s word. This is not done in one way. There are perhaps thousands of ways it can be done, but the result is always the same - a believer in Christ who cannot claim a part of Scripture because they do not know it, and if they did know some Scripture, they cannot apply it because they do not trust it.


What occupies the eyes of your heart? Tell God right now, whether it is His word or something else. Be honest. You can’t lie to Him. For more and more people it is their phones. What do you mostly think about? That will answer the question. Don’t wait, tell God and get honest.