By Pastor Glem Melo
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:1-4)
Adam was not hungry in paradise, but he rebelled against God and followed his own will and ways.
God tested and let Israel hunger in the wilderness. He was teaching them that they need His word more than physical food (Deuteronomy 8:2-3). But by grumbling and complaining, the Israelites showed themselves to be unfaithful and rebellious to God and His ways (Exodus 15 and 16).
Like Adam and Israel, Jesus was tested by God. Like Israel, He “was hungry” in the wilderness. Satan tempted Jesus to use his powers to turn stones into bread. He wanted the Son to rebel against the Father and forsake His will and ways. But by faithfully trusting and obeying God, Jesus defeated satan. To Him, the Father’s word is so much more important than physical food.
Jesus is the new Adam and the new Israel. By perfectly obeying the Father and defeating satan, He proved himself to be the Son of God – the promised Messiah and the Savior of the world.
Believer in Christ, God’s word assures you that your faith is founded on the immovable rock of Jesus’ perfect obedience and faithfulness. In Him, you are totally and eternally secure. Be immovable in the true faith. And as fruit of faith, grow in obeying God’s word. In times of trials and hardships, be like Jesus. Trust God to faithfully and unfailingly sustain and preserve you. Remember that you need His word more than physical food.
Non-believer, God’s message for you is the same. Jesus is the perfect and complete Savior – the only One! Forsake sin and unbelief. Believe.
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” (John 3:36)