Temptation is common to all (Daniel 12:10; Zechariah 13:9; Psalm 66:10; Luke 22:31, 40; Hebrews 11:17; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:7; 4:12). We read of the temptation of Joseph ( Genesis 39 ), of David ( 2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21), of Hezekiah ( 2 Chronicles 32:31), of Daniel ( Dan. 6), etc. So long as we are in this world we are exposed to temptations, and need ever to be on our watch against them.
the guilt of disobedience to a positive command.
By this sin, he became an apostate from God, in rebellion against his Creator. He lost the favor of God and intimate communion with Him; his whole nature became depraved, and he incurred the penalty involved in the covenant of works.
There are two biblical meanings of the word “temptation”:
Trial; a being put to the test—Thus God “tempted [Genesis 22:1; Revised King James Version:” [“did prove”] Abraham;” and afflictions are said to tempt, i.e., to try/test men (James 1:2, 12; compare Deuteronomy 8:2), putting their faith and patience to the test.
Our Lord was in this way tempted in the wilderness. That temptation was not internal, but by a real, active, subtle being. It was not self-sought. It was submitted to as an act of obedience on his part. “Christ was led, driven. An unseen personal force bore him a certain violence is implied in the words” (Matthew 4:1-11).
The scene of the temptation of our Lord is generally supposed to have been the mountain of Quarantania, “a high and precipitous wall of rock, 1,200 or 1,500 feet above the plain west of Jordan, near Jericho.”
- How does one gain victory over temptation?
- The Tempter (Matthew 4:3)—Satan, the Devil our Adversary
- Tree of knowledge of good and evil
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- Could Jesus Christ have sinned?
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- Why is the world the way it is? If God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and loving, would He really create a world like this? (filled with oppression, suffering, death and cruelty) Answer
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