I spent some time reading Luke 4 this morning. As I read through the first 13 verses (the account of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness) a couple things stuck out to me.
1.) The connection between Jesus? temptation and the temptation of Adam and Eve in the Garden. Jesus is referred to throughout the New Testament as “the second Adam”. Lots of great stuff there. Interesting study idea…read Genesis 3 and Luke 4 and compare and contrast.
2.) The phrase at the end of verse 13 stuck with me. “…he (satan) left him until an opportune time.” Now, not all sin is a product of the devil tempting us, we do a pretty good job messing up all on our own. But it is so important for us to understand that the Devil seeks “opportune times” to tempt us. He definitely did it with Jesus. Jesus had just finished a 40 day fast, and Satan tells him to turn rocks into bread. Pretty sure I would have taken him up on that one after 40 days of not eating! But Jesus doesn?t! He stands strong. And we can too. The words of 1 Corinthians 10:31 remind us of that…
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.