Tempted and tested by ProQuest


While Jesus was in the desert, he ate nothing for 40 days. The devil comes to Jesus after this and says that if he really is the Son of God, why doesn't he turn this stone into a loaf of bread? Jesus resists both the seductive call of the pleasure of eating good bread and the lure of pride to prove who he is (just as Jesus did when he was later mocked on the cross: "He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him")The devil then takes and shows Jesus all the kingdoms of the world. He offers them to Jesus if only he will worship him. But Jesus honours the limit of who and what we can worship. "It is written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him'," Jesus says.Pastor Steve mentioned how, in Dostoyevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov, Jesus' responses in the desert are called "a real stupendous miracle." It's a miracle of restraint, of choosing to stay within the limits that Jesus himself chose and that God gave.

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