A Study of Matthew | Chapter 4
Verses 1-11 Right after Jesus was baptized he was led by the Holy Spirit to be tempted. Satan will often tempt us right after we start focusing on our purpose and walk. The Holy Spirit did not tempt Jesus. God never tempts us. “And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, "God is tempting me." God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else”. James 1:13 He was tempted in three areas that are also mentioned in 1 John 2 15--16 “15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.” The three areas are physical, possessions & power, and pride. When Hebrews says Jesus faced all the temptations we did without sin, it was referring to areas of temptation, but not every single scenario. Jesus was tempted by Satan using the Word of God. We have to understand the purpose of God’s word so we are not led astray by scripture taken out of context. Jesus was tempted for 40 days and 40 nights. 40 is a number used in scripture for a time of testing/trials and deliverance. Israel was tested for 40 years before they entered into the promised land. Satan offered to give Jesus all the kingdoms “of” the world. The Kingdom of Heaven is not “of” this world. He brought it down to the world. He didn’t need the kingdoms of the world because his kingdom is the greatest of all. He was also promised glory which is political power and dominion. He already had all the power and glory needed and it will be shown throughout his ministry on earth.
Verses 12-25 Jesus moved again which continued to fulfill Old Testament scripture saying that he would be in the land of Zebulun and of Naphtali. Jesus started his public ministry by repeating what John the Baptist had said, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” Jesus was getting ready to show what the culture of the Kingdom of Heaven looks like. We have to repent, change the way we think, to learn about Kingdom culture. Jesus found his first disciple Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew. We can find in John 1:35-42 that the brothers were well aware of Jesus. This account in Matthew was when he called them to follow him. They were fishing for fish and were now going to be fishing for people. Sometimes God can use our current talents and abilities to do his work. Other times he may use you to do something new. They left their jobs immediately and followed Jesus. Jesus came teaching, preaching, and healing. He taught some on a deep level. He shared publicly through parables. He also made people whole. These are three major components of his time on earth. People from all over followed him. The Ten Towns followers were mostly Gentile and Hellenistic.