February 25, 2007 –
INTRODUCTION – Review of Jan. 28th sermon
I John 2:13,14
If you and I are going to be overcomers of all the fiery darts thrown at us by Satan and his demons
I. We must never test God concerning the fulfillment of His promises. Vs. 5-7
A. The Setting of the Temptation – vs. 5
1. Somehow the devil physically took Jesus from the wilderness into Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple. Because Satan cannot make Jesus do anything, we have to assume Jesus willingly went there with him.
As to the significance of taking Jesus to this place before he tempted him, Dr. Stan Touisaint has some helpful insight. P. 76 – “Satan had a very evident purpose in placing the Lord at this scene for this temptation. According to a rabbinic tradition, the coming of the Messiah to mark the deliverance of Israel would be indicated by His appearance on the temple roof. Edersheim quotes a rabbi as saying, “Our Rabbis give this traditions: in the hour when King Messiah cometh, He standeth upon the roof of the Sanctuary.” For Jesus to leap unhurt from the place the Messiah was to appear would certainly identify Him as the King of Israel. John 6:30 shows the Jews anticipated the Messiah would manifest Himself with such a sign as this.” Continue reading Resisting the Devil II – Matt. 4:5-7