Three Temptations - Matthew 4
- Physical – make bread right now (you have needs) [lust of the flesh]
- Relational – jump from the temple to prove your value to others (they will see you and be impressed) [lust of the eyes]
- Spiritual – submit to the principles of this world to achieve (take pride, man! Dream the dream: I will, I will, I will, I will, I will) [Pride of Life]
The idea is that all of our temptations come from just three basic ones in the way that all colors come from three primary ones. I have physical, relational and spiritual needs. I often panic and seek fulfillment my way and on my time schedule. That is what Satan is all about. Do not submit, step up and take charge (see Isaiah 14:13,14 for the 5 “I will” boasts of Lucifer). Jesus in his temptation at the beginning and the end of his ministry says the opposite: “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
Do you have any temptations that are not some combination of physical, relational or spiritual (how to use your will)?
Is it difficult knowing that your needs and desires are real, and often valid, but that you still need to wait upon the Lord?
How is the temptation story of Jesus relevant to you?