At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights and afterwards was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.
Matthew said Christ Jesus was baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit at the Jordan River. Then, the apostle said, the Savior was led by the Holy Spirit “into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” The devil rejoiced, believing he had successfully closed the door to Paradise.
Matthew 4:4 says that Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3, that man does not live by bread alone. He knew Satan was tempting him to be a materialistic Messiah, and Jesus turned to scripture to resist him. So should we. Psalm 119:11 (NIV) says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: The Gospels speak of a time of solitude for Jesus in the desert immediately after his baptism by John. Driven by the Spirit into the desert, Jesus remains there for forty days without eating; he lives among wild beasts, and angels minister to him.
In the Hebrew Bible , forty is often used for time periods, forty days or forty years, which separate “two distinct epochs”. Rain fell for “forty days and forty nights” during the Flood (Genesis 7:4).
Another word is arabah, steppe (Genesis 36:24), also translated as desert: “The land that was desolate [midbar] and impassable shall be glad, and the wilderness [arabah] shall rejoice” (Isaiah 35:1). Land that lies waste is chorbah; land without water is yeshimon.
The Judaean Desert or Judean Desert (Hebrew: מִדְבַּר יְהוּדָה Midbar Yehuda, both Desert of Judah or Judaean Desert; Arabic: صحراء يهودا Sahraa’ Yahuda) is a desert in Israel and the West Bank that lies east of Jerusalem and descends to the Dead Sea.
Matthew 4 : 11 is the eleventh verse of the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. Jesus has just rebuffed Satan’s third temptation and ordered him away. In this last verse of the temptation scene the devil departs and Jesus is serviced by angels.
The Last Temptation of Christ ‘s eponymous final sequence depicts the crucified Jesus — tempted by what turns out to be Satan in the form of a beautiful child—experiencing a dream or alternate reality where he comes down from the cross, marries Mary Magdalene (and later Mary and Martha), and lives out his life as a full
Lent is traditionally described as lasting for 40 days, in commemoration of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry, during which he endured temptation by Satan.
Biblical accounts The biblical narrative in Chapter 1 of the Acts of the Apostles takes place 40 days after the Resurrection . Acts 1 describes a meal at which Jesus commands the disciples to await the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Lent in the New Testament Mark tells us that Jesus was tempted by Satan, but it is in Matthew and Luke that the details of the temptation are fleshed out. All three accounts say that Jesus went without food for the 40 days. Christians, like adherents to many other religions, have long fasted.
According to this text, which Notovitch had translated into French, Jesus had spent his missing years – the years between his childhood and the beginning of his ministry – studying Buddhism in India. At the age of about 30, he’ d returned to the Middle East and the life that is familiar to us from the New Testament.
Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is taught in the Bible . Jesus expected His followers to fast , and He said that God rewards fasting . Fasting , according to the Bible , means to voluntarily reduce or eliminate your intake of food for a specific time and purpose.