(4:1-2) Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost and was led by "the Spirit" (the Holy Ghost?) into the desert
to be tempted by the devil for forty days.|
Is Jesus God?
Can God be tempted?
When Jesus was tempted by the devil, what was the sequence of temptations?
(4:1) "Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,"
(4:2) "Being forty days tempted of the devil."
(4:2) "Being forty days ... And in those days he did eat nothing."
The Science of Starvation:
How long can humans survive without food or water?
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led
by the Spirit into the wilderness,
|4:2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat
nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone
that it be made bread.
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by
bread alone, but by every word of God.
And the devil, taking
him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world
in a moment of time.||
(4:5) "The devil, taking
him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world." (The earth was flat in those days.)
(4:6) "All this power will I give thee."
Who is the Lord of the earth?
(4:8) "Him only shalt thou serve."
Jesus misquotes Deuteronomy by
adding "only" to Dt. 6:13.
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the
glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I
If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for
it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple,
and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep
And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy
foot against a stone.||
And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy
(4:12) "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."|
Can God be tempted?
Is it OK to test (or tempt) God?
And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went
out a fame of him through all the region round about.
And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.||
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom
was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when
he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,||
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me."
These words were spoken by Isaiah and referred to Isaiah. They were not a prophecy
about a future prophet, as Jesus claims here, where he supposedly read these verses in the synagogue while applying
them to himself. (See Isaiah 61:1-2)
But the verses that Jesus read are not the same as those in Isaiah 61:1-2, which reads:
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath
sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn."
Did Jesus add the part about the blind and bruised to the verses he read from Isaiah? Or did Luke add them later?
(4:25) "In the days of
Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months"
How long was Elijah's drought?
God's 92nd Killing
(4:28-30) The people of Jesus' hometown (Nazareth) were so upset at him that they tried to kill him by
pushing him off a cliff. But Jesus ran away.
(4:28) "All they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath."
(4:29) "And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the
hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong."
(4:30) "But he passing through the midst of them went his way."
|4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach
the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at
liberty them that are bruised,
|4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat
down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on
And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which
proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?
And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician,
heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in
And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own
But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of
Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great
famine was throughout all the land;
But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon,
unto a woman that was a widow.
And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and
none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled
And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of
the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down
But he passing through the midst of them went his way,||
Jesus shows his power over unclean devils, who recognize him as "the Holy One of God."
(4:33) "There was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice,"
(4:34) "Let us alone ... Jesus of Nazareth ... art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God."
(4:35) "And Jesus rebuked him, saying ... come out of him. And ... the devil ... came out of him."
(4:36) "They were all amazed ... saying ... with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out."
(4:38) "Simon's wife"
Peter (he was called Simon back then), whom Catholics consider the first pope, was married. [Though he later abandoned his wife and
family to follow Jesus (5:11) who gave him a big reward for doing so (18:29-30).]
(4:38-39) Jesus cured Peter's mother-in-law (by "rebuking" her fever) so she could get back to work serving them.
(4:38) "Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her."
(4:39) "And he ... rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them."
(4:40) "All they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands
on every one of them, and healed them." The people brought all their sick people to Jesus, and he cured every one of them.
(4:41) "Devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ
the Son of God."
Devils come out of people proclaiming that Jesus is "Christ the Son of God." According to 1 John 4:2, 15, these devils were "of God."
And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the
And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean
devil, and cried out with a loud voice,
Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou
Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy
One of God.
|4:35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and
come out of him. And
when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he
came out of him, and hurt him
And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves,
saying, What a word
is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and
they come out.
And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about.
And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And
Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him
And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and
immediately she arose and ministered unto them.
Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers
diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them,
and healed them.
And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ
the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they
knew that he was Christ.
And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the
people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not
depart from them.
And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities
also: for therefore am I sent.
And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.
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