Read Matthew 4
Temptation by Satan; Sermon on the Mount; the Beatitudes; believers likened to salt and light; Jesus' teaching on the Law, divorce, oaths, giving, fasting
Following His baptism in the
Satan's second temptation came in the
In Satan's final attempt to seduce Jesus to sin, he sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world . . . And saith . . . All these things will I give Thee (appealing to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — I John 2:15-17), if Thou wilt fall down and worship me (Matthew 4:8-9). The devil suggested an easy way by which Jesus might avoid all the pain and suffering of the cross and yet rule all the kingdoms of the world. Yielding to Satan even one time would have made Jesus a sinner and thus unable to be the Saviour of the World (John 4:14,42). When we allow one exception, it usually leads to another, and then another. Jesus' reply was clear: It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve (Matthew 4:8-10).
5:13 lost his savour = lost its usefulness; 5:18 one jot or one tittle = as the dot on the letter "i"; 5:22 say . . . Raca = maligns, slanders; 5:29 offend thee = causes you to sin; 5:33 to forswear = to swear falsely; 5:46 publicans = tax collectors; 6:19 corrupt = make money worthless; 6:22 single = free from deceit; 6:23 evil = selfish, sinful; 6:24 mammon = material things.
For Matthew 4:4: See Deuteronomy 8:3. Matthew 4:6: See Psalms 91:11-12. Matthew 4:7: See Deuteronomy 6:16. Matthew 4:10: See Deuteronomy 6:13. Matthew 4:15-16: See Isaiah 9:1-2. Matthew 5:21: See Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17. Matthew 5:27: See Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18. Matthew 5:31: See Deuteronomy 24:1. Matthew 5:33: See Numbers 30:2; Deuteronomy 23:21; Matthew 5:38: See Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21. Matthew 5:43: See Leviticus 19:18.
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