Matt 4:1 Then Yeshua (Jesus) was led by Ruach HaKodesh (the Spirit) into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
The devil, also know as HaSatan, the tempter, the adversary, is a real personage. He possessed a Snake and tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden and here we see him tempting Yeshua.
Matt 4:2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was hungry afterward.
HUNGRY!!! I am hungry before breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The word would be better translated “STARVING”.
This temptation corresponds with the temptation of Adam and Havah (Eve) in the garden. Havah, living in a perfect environment, came under the temptation of disobeying one command and failed. Yeshua was in the worst of conditions, the desert wilderness, and living under the full extent of the whole law, resisted and conquered temptation.
Genesis 3:6 And when the woman (Havah / Eve) saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also to her husband (Adam) with her; and he did eat.
The fourth Hebrew letter corresponding letter is Dalet - door; way. It implies dimension and Spiritual stages. It also has a meaning of concern for our fellow man and in regard to their needs.
Temptation falls into 3 categories; HaSatan tempts us and tempted Yeshua and Havah in all three of them: 1) The lust of the flesh 2) the lust of the eyes 3) the pride of life.
1 John 2:16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
First temptation: - The lust of the flesh
Matt 4:3 And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If you are the Son of G-d, command that these stones be made bread. (Spiritual temptation.)
The wilderness between the Yarden (Jordan) River and Jerusalem is completely barren; about the only thing out there are rocks.
For Havah - she saw “the tree was good for food”.
Matt 4:4 But He answered and said, It is written, Man will not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of G-d. (Regards Spiritual needs)
Deuteronomy 8:3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know or did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man will not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the L-RD.
He fought the evil one by quoting scripture, which is the Word of HaShem.
Second temptation - The pride of life
Matt 4:5-6 - Then the devil took Him up into the Holy City, and set Him on a pinnacle of the Temple, And said to Him, If you are the Son of G-d, cast yourself down: for it is written, He will give His angels charge concerning you: and in their hands they will bear you up, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone.
Psalms 91:11-12 “For He will give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”
Satan never quotes scripture correctly. He always twists it slightly. It is important that you use a good translation of the Bible for your studies. Whenever someone quotes a scripture, look it up yourself, often they will misquote it or take it out of context for their own purposes. This is one of the reasons we always mention, “Read the chapter”. Also we study through a book chapter-by-chapter so that we have a better understanding of G-d’s Holy word in context. You should always pray before beginning your Bible study asking G-d to help you to understand His Word.
(Physical protection) I find this one humorous. He more or less says break your neck. Don’t you have enough faith? I’m sure he would have loved to see that one. He did not care about the physical protection of fellow man.
If one puts oneself in harm’s way when it is not the will of HaShem then one cannot expect to be protected by Him. Taken out of context, which implies whatever thing we do even if foolish, HaShem will protect us. What chutzpah!
For Havah - she saw “it was the fruit to make her wise.” And Genesis 3:5 For G-d knows that in the day you eat from it, then your eyes will be opened, and you will be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Matt 4:7 Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, it is written again, you should not tempt the L-rd your G-d.
Deuteronomy 6:16 “You will not tempt the L-RD your G-d...”
Third temptation: - The lust of the eyes
Matt 4:8-9 Again, the devil (adversary) took Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And said to Him, All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me. (Psychological)
The world and all it involves is in the power of the evil one until Yeshua returns. The Serpent of old, or fallen Cherubim, was used by HaShem to cover His throne. (Ezek 28:14) Sounds just like the god of fortresses mentioned in Daniel 11:38. He has the power to give the kingdoms of the world to anyone he desires or who follows him. Man lusts for power.
For Havah - she saw “that it was pleasant to the eyes”
Adam and Eve were subject to the same temptation: Adam wasn’t deceived but intentionally heeded to the temptation. He gave up the title deed of the earth. The second Adam - Yeshua HaMashiach, will take it back. (Rev 5) This surely would have been a temptation for Yeshua to start his kingdom now. He knew if He did this would be bending His will to the will of a fallen angel and a creation of HaShem Himself. He was there to do the will of the Father and Him alone. He did not heed to the temptation.
Matt 4:10 Then Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, Get behind me, Satan: for it is written, You will worship the L-rd your G-d, and only Him will you serve.
Deuteronomy 6:13 You will fear the L-RD your G-d, and serve Him, and will swear by His name.
Matt 4:11 Then the devil left Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
They ministered to His human nature.
Note: In each case Yeshua quoted scripture. How much more important it is for us to be able to quote scripture when needed. It is important to read and study the Word of G-d on a daily basis. Memorizing Scripture is important too in being able to resist temptation.