I had an epiphany!
Matthew 4:1-4 ¶ Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. ~ KJV
This morning I was directed to read Matthew 4: 1-4 and while I read that and sipped my tea, I began to contemplate on that short passage and what that must have been like for Yahushua.
It was the spirit that led Him into the wilderness to be tempted. The spirit that landed on Him was the Spirit of God descending like a dove It was this Spirit, ‘like’ a dove that led Him into the wilderness. Like a dove, reminds me of how they fly, how they lift from the ground and how they land. These birds are different from other birds. Doves land ever so softly, flapping their wings in slow motion until they land and they take off in flight the same way. Picture the Spirit, doing the very same thing…..
Yahushua, it reads ate NOTHING for forty days and forty nights before the tempter came and it reads that He was VERY HUNGRY.
This was a real physical temptation for Yahushua when satan challenged Him to turn the stones into bread.
Ones true conviction is found to be strong if we hold up under true pressure. So in a since, Yahushua had to be tested so that He would endure what it is like for man to suffer the physical pains of hunger and the trial of temptation. How would He know what it is like for us, had the Son of God not gone through every test and trial that would come our way, if He had not first been tested Himself?
How did Yahushua respond to the tempter? He simply spoke the word to him. People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God so that when temptation comes, we too, can declare the word with confidence and over come the tempter and the temptation.
This is only one reason for memorizing scripture. In all likely hood, we don’t carry our Bibles everywhere we go, so it is good to place the scriptures in our heart and our mind, so that we can recall them and declare them upon any occasion. Yahushua was able to resist the devil’s temptation not only because He knew the scripture, but because He obeyed the scripture. Elohim’s word is a sword for us to use in our physical, emotional and spiritual battles. It was satan who was overcome by the power of the word because he had already chosen not to obey the word of Elohim.
When we are tested or tempted, we should keep in our minds that it may be that we too are being led by the Spirit for a purpose and that satan has come to block our Father’s propose for our life or maybe even for someone else’s life.
So during that forty days and forty nights, what did Yahushua do?
We can all have an idea, but my thoughts are that evening and morning and at noon that Yahushua cried out to Father, knowing that He would hear His voice and as Yahushua cast His burden upon the Lord; that He was sustained. I am guessing that Father never suffered His righteous Son to be moved and that as His Son called upon Him, He was saved. I am sure that Yahushua didn’t lean onto His own understanding but in all His ways, He acknowledged His Father and His Father directed His path. Father did not allow His Son’s feet to be moved during those 40 days and 40 nights because He who keeps you does not slumber.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him in Spirit and in truth. I believe that Yahwey, who heard His Son’s cry, kept Him in perfect peace that passes all understanding, guarding His heart and His mind as Yahushua kept His heart and mind, focused on His Father. Not so much on His mission, but upon His Father who would keep Him and guide His feet unto the way of peace.
This is what happens to all who trust in the Lord with all their heart.
We don’t need to be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, send our request’s to Father and the peace of Him, which transcends all understanding will guard our hearts and our minds, through His Son.
May the God of hope, fill you with all peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.