4“The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Another name for the devil is the “tempter”. Temptation always starts when the devil puts a thought in our head. We ended the last passage by saying, “Jesus was hungry”. The devil knew Jesus was in a vulnerable position, so he goads Jesus to turn the stones into loaves of bread. Sounded like a good and reasonable idea with as hungry as Jesus was, but it was not yet time for Jesus to exercise this kind of power. While he was hungry, the devil tried seize the moment and trick Jesus into proving himself rather than rely on His Father. If choose to do any fasting during this Lent, it can often leave you wanting the thing you gave up. The point of fasting is to take that moment and reach out to God to feed you with His Word.
Jesus, help us to recognize the tempter’s voice and turn to Your Word to feed us. You alone give us bread that satisfies our soul. In Your name, Amen.