Day 7 (Mon, Aug 11, 2014)

Jesus after Being Baptized

42 verses total, 29 for understanding: Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13; John 1:19-34

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

20. Temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13
21. John’s testimony about Christ in John 1:19-28
22. John recounts Christ’s baptism John 1:29-34

Devotions (optional reading)

Questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13. Immediately after being baptized, the Holy Spirit led Jesus out into the desert, where he fasted forty days and forty nights, and where he was tempted by the devil. Three times the devil tried to use Scripture to lure Jesus into doing things that would separate him from dependence on God, and yet three times Jesus answered with Scripture as to why he could not do what the devil wanted him to do. After these temptations, the devil left, and angels came and ministered to Jesus.

John 1:19-28. Priests and Levites were sent by the Jewish religious leaders to ask John who he was. He denied being the Christ, and told them that he was preparing the way for Christ, who had already come in this world. He interestingly said he was not Elijah. And in one sense, that is true, because he was not a reincarnation of the Old Testament prophet who did not die but was taken up in a whirlwind. Later, however, we will read that Jesus says that John was Elijah. Both are true. He was a forerunner, like Elijah, and therefore a type of Elijah; but not actually Elijah reincarnated.

John 1:29-34. John sees Jesus (probably after Jesus came out of the wilderness), and when he does, he gives testimony that the Holy Spirit told him in advance that when he sees the Holy Spirit descend on a person, this person is the Son of God, the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

My favorite verses were the verses in which Jesus quoted Scripture to turn away the temptation of the devil, who himself was quoting Scripture to Jesus. Isn’t that interesting?! I guess that means that not everybody who quotes Scripture is giving Godly advice. I think it is helpful to study Jesus’ point in all three replies, because they can help us all refute Satan when he tries to lead us astray.

But if I had to pick my favorite out of the three verses that Jesus gave in answer to the devil, my favorite of the three was in Matthew 10:10 “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve'” (ESV). I find it so easy to get my priorities confused, but when it comes down to it, when I am tempted to practically worship a person or thing by the way I devote time and money to it, I need to recall that it is only God that I am to worship and serve.

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