Then the devil took Him to Jerusalem / holy city, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, "If You are the Son of God, jump off! (throw yourself down)
For the Scriptures say, 'He will order His angels to protect and guard you.
And they will hold you up with their hands so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone.'"[Ps 91:11-12]
Jesus responded, "The Scriptures also say, 'You must not test the LORD your God.'"[Deut 6:16]
When the devil had finished [every temptation] tempting Jesus *, he left Him until the next opportunity came. (Luke 4:9-13)
[Luke misses out the Mark segment which Matt includes too : * and the angels came and ministered to Him.]
It took me five Gems to cover Temptation One and 3 Gems to cover Temptation Two. Again today it is time to look for yourself at the elements that catch your eye in the third temptation. Go through it this morning and see what you find for yourself. Take note of those snippets that catch your eye or make you ask questions. Write your questions down and if you can answer them yourself.
Look again at the comparison between Matthew and Luke in order to see what Luke has changed, substituted, removed or added.
Determine what elements are important and need to be investigated and what elements are trivial and don't need your attention.
You are on your own for this morning. It is your turn to see what you can find. I will continue tomorrow.
When we have looked at each temptation separately we will go back and see if there is anything concerning all the temptations that we need to pay attention to. Remember Shelley's question in Bible Gem 790. Do the temptations of Jesus parallel those related to Adam and Eve in the beginning? Suck on that for a while.
Time for you to work now.
You don't have to be perfect, but you must be genuine. Bob Gass
People who never do anymore than they get paid for, never get paid for anymore than they do! Rick Godwin
The loudest boos always come from the cheapest seats. Babe Ruth
Everyone is gifted, but some people never open their package! Have you? Rick Godwin