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Temptations of Jesus

Jesus is the Son of Man. The Bible traces his ancestry back to Adam.

Seth was the son of Adam

Let us follow the progeny of Seth.

Gen. 5:6   Seth lived one hundred and five years, and became the father of Enosh. 
7 Then Seth lived eight hundred and seven years after he became the father of Enosh,
Gen. 5:9   Enosh lived ninety years, and became the father of Kenan. 
10 Then Enosh lived eight hundred and fifteen years after he became the father of Kenan
Gen. 5:12   Kenan lived seventy years, and became the father of Mahalalel.
Gen. 5:15   Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Jared.
Gen. 5:18   Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and became the father of Enoch.
Gen. 5:21   Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah.
Gen. 5:25   Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and became the father of Lamech.
Gen. 5:28   Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and became the father of a son. 
29 Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will 1give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from athe ground which the LORD has cursed.”
Gen. 5:32   Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Around 1600 years passed to the flood from the son of Adam. Noah was six hundred years old when the flood came. It took around a hundred years for Noah to prepare for the flood. God promised Noah life after the coming flood. Noah faced death from the people he preached to. God protected him. Noah faced death from those same as he built an ark. Death was there. God saved him. Noah brought the animals and so forth and his family who were locked in. Trapped and alone for days; Noah knew his death was near. This was his last temptation. Finally the rains came as they were all trapped. Even after the rain ended, he was still trapped for a long time. My God, why have you forsaken me!

God takes away everything subordinate so a person can have eternal life.

Gen. 10:8 Now Cush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty one on the earth.

Then Nimrod came into the picture. God keeps taking away everything, he told the people. He told them that they should build a tower to heaven so that they would never be destroyed again. Other histories, Hislop e.g., show the emergence of Semiramis and Tammuz. Nimrod was a god to the people, but he died. He then impregnated Semiramis who gave birth to Tammuz, the son of god; just as Hercules was the son of Zeus who impregnated a virgin. No human could be successful, the Greeks believed and most other religions as well.  

Gen. 11:4-9 They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built. The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing, which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.

Abraham

Gen. 17:5 “No longer shall your name be called Abram,
            But your name shall be Abraham;
            For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.

Rom. 4:17 (as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and 1calls into being that which does not exist.

Gen. 17:17-18 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Will a child be born to a man one hundred years old? And will Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?

His wife was past inception. Sacrifice his son upon, also, came the great promise. Why have you forsaken me?

And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before You!”

Abraham was forsaken again. He lost what he lived for.

The promise that he would be the father of the great race leading to the Messiah was over as far as unbelieving Abe knew.

God took away his reason for living, he was sure. He was forsaken. Worse yet.

Gen. 21:2-3 So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac.

Then God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham was again forsaken. He was about to loose what he lived for.

Gen. 22:10-11 Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”

After losing everything, after being forsaken, God gave him the great reward. His son would carry on Abraham’s legacy.

Moses

Ex. 2:10 The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and ahe became her son. And she named him Moses, and said, “Because I drew him out of the water.”

Ex. 2:14 But he said, “Who made you a 1prince or a judge over us? Are you 2intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and said, “Surely the matter has become known.” 
15 When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and 1settled in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well.

Ex. 3:3 So Moses said, “1 must turn aside now and see this 2marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” 
4 When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, aGod called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”

Ex. 3:13   Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” 
14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO 1 AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘1I AM has sent me to you.’” 
15 God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘aThe LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name 1to all generations.

29 Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel; 
30 and Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses. He then performed the signs in the sight of the people.

Ex. 12:21   Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “1Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb.

Ex. 14:21   Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD 1swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided.

27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state at daybreak, while the Egyptians were fleeing 1right into it; then the LORD 2boverthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

Ex. 20:1 Then God spoke all these words, saying,

Ex. 20:2   “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of 1slavery.

Ex. 24:12   Now the LORD said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and remain there, and aI will give you the stone tablets with the law and the commandment which I have written for their instruction.”

Mark 1:12 (NAS95S) ¶ Immediately, the Spirit  impelled Him to go out into the wilderness.
Matt. 4:2 (NAS95S) And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He  then became hungry.
Matt. 4:3 (NAS95S) And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

Why tempt Jesus about turning stones into food? The reward of becoming the adopted Son of God was forty days of starvation, for more than a month. And then a tempter told Jesus to relieve the hunger by commanding the stones to become bread.

Heb. 4:15 (NAS95S) For we do not havea high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet  without sin.

Deut. 8:3 (NAS95S) “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.

Ex. 16:16 (NAS95S) “This is  what the LORD has commanded, ‘Gather of it every man  as much as he should eat; you shall take  an omer apiece according to the number of persons each of you has in his tent.’”

Ex. 16:25 (NAS95S) Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field.
Ex. 16:26 (NAS95S) “Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be  none.”

Ex. 16:29 (NAS95S) “See,  the LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you bread for two days on the sixth day. Remain every man in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.”
Ex. 16:30 (NAS95S) So the people rested on the seventh day.

Six days shall you labor.

Gen. 3:1 (NAS95S) ¶ Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from  any tree of the garden’?”
Gen. 3:2 (NAS95S) The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;
Gen. 3:3 (NAS95S) but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’”
Gen. 3:4 (NAS95S) The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!
Gen. 3:5 (NAS95S) “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

The serpent disputed God’s Word (“You surely will not die”). Eve longed and lived for that knowledge and eternal life; she would not long to live for the God’s Word.

Basic physical desires are built into every living creature including man. God gives all these their needs. These basic needs must be controlled by God’s nature.

God built into creatures their natures. Aggressive ones go after the weaker ones to gain food and territory. That is the general picture. Mainly, it is not communication except when a bear attacks a species with growls and aggressive postures. That makes communication of a basic level.

Language is communication. There are many levels of communication from the idiolect to God’s Mind.

Humans are controlled by natural instincts and tendencies, e.g., for music. People have a yen for pork, a greed urge for violence and stealing, a gift for controlling others, a compulsion for lording it over others.

The basic compulsions revolve around the physical like food, which not eating becomes a powerful craving. The hunger urge from the body is almost impossible to resist if food is available or can be obtain by any means.

The basic physical desires, called the physical language, are food and water, clothing, shelter and transportation, as all grade schoolers know. Instead of words, physical language are instincts, touching, watching, hearing, likes and dislikes (from experiences like having like the taste of chocolate instead of vanilla), emotions and feelings from experiences (ouch!)

Fear provides a great driving force to do things to be safe or the promise of security.

Christmas and Saturnalia (Santa Claus) from the Roman god Saturn.

A little higher on the list would Sexual lust, feel a strong desire for something:pregnant women lusting for pickles and ice cream.

Others abound natural skills: basketball, swimming, golfing, racing, driving, flying,

All physical desires can be controlled by a higher level of language; giving up food for a hungry son or daughter, for example, instead of stealing food for her self.

Jesus was a man and food was part of his basic language, his body language. It was normal and natural for a person fasting almost a month and a half, to yearn for substance, now! The body language was normal and natural, as long the fulfillment of the craving, did not break any of God’s commandments. Then a person must choose to eat or do wrong. The power of the higher level of language can always rule over the lower levels. I want vs. I must.

Matt. 5:28 (NAS95S) but I say to you that everyone who looks at a womanwith lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Heb. 12:16 (NAS95S) that there be noimmoral orgodless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.
Heb. 12:17 (NAS95S) For you know that even afterwards,when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.

Jesus used the power of language; he spoke God’s Word, which gives the power to do it.

The demon tried the same trick on Jesus. Put his desire ahead of God’s Word.

Jesus said, Matt. 4:4 (NAS95S) 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.’”

Ex. 24:18 (NAS95S) Moses entered the midst of the cloud as he went up to the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Deut. 9:9 (NAS95S) “When I went up to the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the LORD had made with you, then I remained on the mountain forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water.

Deut. 8:3 (NAS95S) “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 Spirit, ruach. Mind, thoughts, language, breath, wind, spirit:

As we all know, there are aspects of language: verbal (mental), musical, artistic and body or sign. The last six Commandments are body language: honor parents, not murder, not commit adultery, not steal, not bear false witness, and not covet another’s. Each is physical in some way as well as mental as body language comes from a person’s thoughts. Stealing is taking from another; eating like coveting another’s is physical.

Eve “stole” from the tree in the middle; it was a physical act. Food, while vital for life, has some restriction like eating the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden. God also says not to eat pigs, sea creatures without fins and scales and more. Why, because God says He did not create them as nourishment. People live to eat and drink; a few eat to live, a strange group or not. To turn stones into bread disobeys the Fourth Commandment, six days shall you labor.

Body language: farming, making clothes, building, making boats, cars, planes, bicycles, golfing,

Facial expressions, sign language, safe at first, touchdown, frown, smile.

God made the human mind capable of worshipping whatever level it wants. A few decides to worship at the highest level, climbing the stairs, step by step until they reach God’s level found in His Words and His Mind.

God made man in His Image. Climb the stairs.

Amen.

Gil Kovacs, Pastor
Sabbath Christian Church

Sabbath Christian Church. Pastor, Gil Kovacs

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