Monday, January 24, 2011

Blended Gospels, The Temptation of Jesus

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread."

But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

Then the devil took him to the holy city Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, "'He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you' and "'On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'"

Jesus answered him [and] said to him, "Again it is written, it is said, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory in a moment of time, and he said to him, "To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. All these I will give you, if you, then, will fall down and worship me, it will all be yours."

Then Jesus said to him, "Be gone, Satan! For it is written, "'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'"

And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. The devil left him and behold, the angels came and were ministering to him.
[ESV translation, Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13]

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