In the Wilderness, Temptations - Luke 4:1:12 (New English Bible)
41Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit,
returned from the Jordan River
and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,
2where for forty days he endured temptations from the devil.
He ate nothing during those days,
and when they were completed, he was famished.
3The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God,
command this stone to become bread.”
4Jesus answered him, “It is written,
‘Man does not live by bread alone.’”
5Then the devil led him up to a high place
and showed him in a flash all the kingdoms of the world.
6And he said to him, “To you I will grant this whole realm
—and the glory that goes along with it,
for it has been relinquished to me,
and I can give it to anyone I wish.
7So then, if you will worship me,
all this will be yours.”
8Jesus answered him, “It is written,
‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”
9Then the devil brought him to Jerusalem,
had him stand on the highest point of the temple,
and said to him, “If you are the Son of God,
throw yourself down from here,
10for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’
11and ‘with their hands they will lift you up,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
12Jesus answered him, “It is said,
‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Prompts and questions:
Note the motif of wilderness and the theme of temptation.
How is this season like a wilderness for you?
What are the temptations you face during this fasting from social and creature comforts?