“Satan’s Three Temptations”

Matthew (4.1-11) records that Satan used three temptations: the temptation to turn stones into bread, the temptation to test God by jumping from the temple, and the temptation to escape the cross by falling down and worshiping Satan. Each of these temptations is related to what Jesus had heard from heaven at his baptism, namely, that he was God’s “Son” with whom God the Father was “well pleased.” Continue reading ““Satan’s Three Temptations””

“Be Wise and Be Warned OR The Nations Rage”

How should we handle this verse? First, we should note that Matthew introduces the verse by referring to prophets (plural, “through the prophets”), rather than saying, as he does in other instances, “This took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet” (Matt. 1:22) or “For this is what the prophet has written” (Matt. 2:5). This seems to indicate a general rather than specific Old Testament reference. Continue reading ““Be Wise and Be Warned OR The Nations Rage””