Have you ever noticed the use of the word “bread” in the Bible? It’s everywhere. I began thinking about it as I read through Luke 4 today when the Devil tempts Jesus to eat after forty days of fasting in the desert. In response to Satan’s offer to turn rocks into bread, Jesus quickly quotes Deuteronomy 8:3 telling Satan that, “man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” When I am honest, I have to admit that I would not have responded the same way. Instead, I would have likely been eating rocks. How is it that I can avoid such temptation in the future? The easy answer is found by considering three things that ruled Jesus’ life.
Jesus understood the scriptures. A deep understanding of Deuteronomy 8:3 allows him to quickly and confidently retort Satan. We must also have this knowledge close at hand. Paul gives evidence to this conclusion in Ephesians 6:17. He calls the Word of God “the sword of the Spirit.” When we know it, it will cut down the enemy, allowing us to stand strong.
Jesus understood his true needs. I cannot imagine how great a piece of bread would feel in my stomach after not eating for forty days! Jesus could. In fact, he knew that it would not compare to the life-giving bread that he was already receiving from God himself. Jesus clarifies this in John 10:10, explaining that he came to us so that we can have abundant life. Now, I am positive that he was not talking about food, as American’s, we already have that! No, instead he is talking about spiritual renewal and growth that comes from feeding on His bread, “the bread of life” (John 6:53). When we eat it, we receive His fruits, which look like love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Jesus understood God’s way. He would not waver even though he was capable of producing food from rocks. He refused to circumvent God’s plan for his own comfort. I find it noteworthy that he didn’t even flinch. I would have at least asked God for a quick nibble. Instead, Jesus was sold-out. Nothing could make him choose his own will over God’s.
I am thankful today for the opportunity and freedom to study and know God’s word. BibleJournal is an excellent way for all of us to sharpen our swords, deepen our dependence and understand God’s His way. Thank you for following along!