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#31 The Wilderness Test

Jesus’ rises from his prayer after his baptism longing to be alone with God. Spirit guides him further into the wilderness where He is completely absorbed in the presence of God, contemplating his ministry. In the glory he feels no need, but then it departs because he must pass the test of doubt where Eve and then Adam had failed.

Satan was at the baptism, he senses that man’s direct connection with God which he was able to break by Eve’s doubt, and keep from all men, has been restored by the Father’s word of approval to Jesus. So he follows Jesus to the wilderness, waiting, scheming how best to overcome his arch rival, now a man. He sees that he must conquer or be conquered.

Though Satan has dogged Jesus’ steps indirectly throughout life, I imagine he asked for one direct encounter as he was allowed with Eve, then Job, and later requested with Peter. Permission granted, the stakes are high. Whereas Eve, had no need of food, her test was simply on trust and appetite (you should have more), Jesus needs food.

So Satan waits. Watching for human need to take over His mind. Satan has won many battles this way (Elijah is one of the best-known.)

Jesus is in extreme need, extreme weakness.

Satan approaches, waiting until he has to act, or have God step in.

Matthew 4:1-2,  Mark 1:12-13,  Luke 4:1-2

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