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Know God in a Year #31 The Wilderness

Jesus’ rises from his prayer after baptism longing to be alone with God. Ruach guides him further into the wilderness where he is completely engaged in the glory of God, being shown his ministry. In the connection with God he feels no need. But then the glory departs because he must pass the test of doubt where Eve, and then Adam, had failed.

Satan was at the baptism, intently watching. He senses that man’s direct connection with God which he had broken through Eve’s doubt and so kept from all humans, has been restored by the Father’s words of approval to Jesus. So he follows Jesus to the wilderness, waiting, scheming how best to overcome his perfect rival, now a man. He sees that he must conquer or be conquered.

Though Satan has stalked Jesus indirectly throughout life, I imagine he has asked for one direct encounter as he was allowed with Eve, then Job, and later requested with Peter. Perhaps all of us?* 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 standing against the priests of Baal and then running from Jezebel is one of the best-known.**)

Jesus is in extreme need, extreme weakness. Defenses are down–not a good time for a test.

Satan approaches, waiting until he must act, or God will take over.

Matthew 4:1-2,  Mark 1:12-13,  Luke 4:1-2, *Luke 22:31, **1Kings 19:1-4

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