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THE TEMPTATIONS OF JESUS: A LEGAL ARGUMENT

Case 1: Matthew 4: 1-11

After forty days and nights in the desert the devil tempts Jesus. 


Satan "Tell these stones to become bread, Jesus."

Jesus "It is written: man does not live on bread alone. but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."


Jesus is 'The Bread of Life' and 'The Word'. The Bread and the Word support Jesus' testimony as witnesses. Out of two witnesses my Word is established. Also read about the two witnesses in prophecy.



2 

The devil takes Jesus to the highest point of the temple - the pinacle of religious authority in Jerusalem. 


Satan "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, 'He will command his angels concerning you. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” 


The devil quotes scripture "it is written" and adds 'for' as a legalistic emphasis, attempting to give weight to his case. 


Jesus  "Again it is written - Jesus adding 'again' - "You shall not put the Lord thy God to the test."



3

Satan tries a new tactic in his defence of 'the sinful nature of man'. He makes an appeal to ego and offers a compromise. The devil takes Jesus to a very high mountain and shows him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. 


Satan "All these I will give you, if you fall down and worship me."


This is an appeal by the devil - a plea bargain. With his closing statement Jesus,  rejects the deal - he already has the deeds and owns legal title to all nations. Jesus uses the devil's proper name, 'Satan' to directly address him.

 

Jesus "Be gone, Satan!  For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve."


Received wisdom states that only a fool defends himself in a court of law. Though Jesus was on trial but has the Law behind him. Jesus uses the letter and the spirit of the law with his own testimony of God. He will say in Matthew 5 that he did not come to take away from the Law but to fulfil it. "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."  


Satan lost that particular case but he is still the accuser of the bretheren. After the lengthy trial angels came to minister to Jesus. Case 2 will see Jesus in front of Pilate and case 3 will see Jesus act as our Advocate before God.  Amen.