Saturday, 1 December 2012

Matthew 4

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.12-13 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali

Jesus grew up in Nazareth, travelled to the Jordan in Judea to be baptized by John. Spent time in the wilderness, then returned to Galilee when John was put in prison. He then moved from Nazareth to Capernaum and lived there. Jesus lived in Capernaum during his ministry when he was not travelling. We are not accustom to thinking of Jesus living in Capernaum.

Susan said...

v.3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Satan is trying to make Jesus not trust God to meet his physical needs.

Susan said...

v.6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:“‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

(From Constable Commentary) “Satan was tempting Jesus to act as if God was there to serve Him, rather than the other way around.”

Susan said...

v.9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

(From Constable commentary) “This was a legitimate offer. Satan had the ability, under the sovereign authority of God, to give Jesus what he promised, namely, power and glory.”