v. 3-12 The first thing the devil said was "If you are the son of God" the devil knew exactly who Jesus was. The demons all know who He is and it is sad that many of us don't.
The three temptations for Jesus:
- Physical need - Jesus had not eaten in 40 days while in the desert so Satan tempted Jesus with turning a rock into bread. Jesus responded "Man does not live on bread alone." Jesus could have easily turned the rock into bread. "The sin was not in the act but in the reason behind it." NIV notes. The enemy will persuade us to take action for a wrong reason or at a wrong time.
- Power - The devil offered Jesus power over the world if only He would bow down to the him. Jesus knew who had power over the world and said "Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only." How many would trade God in for power or money, I think too many to count.
- Tempting God/pride - The devil wanted Jesus to fall and have the angels catch Him. He quoted scripture to justify his request. Many over the years have used scripture twisted in an unnatural form to justify their decisions they make and have caused great heartache in the world. Jesus responded "Do not put the Lord your God to the test." That has to do with Deut. 6:16 which says "Do not test God as you did in Massah." I believe in Massah the people wanted water and were testing God by saying "Is the Lord among us or not?" That struck me as very powerful. If we believe in the bible then how can we ask is God here? How offensive that must be to Him. He is and is everywhere, and that is that!