But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
“But He answered and said” In reply to this artful temptation, Christ answered by a quotation from the Old Testament.
The passage is found in Deuteronomy 8:3. In that place the discourse is concerning manna. Moses says that the Lord humbled the people and fed them with manna, an unusual kind of food so that they might learn that man did not live by bread only but that there were other things to support life and that everything which God had commanded was proper for this.
From this temptation we may learn:
1. That Satan often takes advantage of our circumstances and wants to tempt us. He often tempts those in need to be discontent and complain and to be dishonest in order to supply their necessities.
2. Satan’s temptations are often the strongest immediately after we have been remarkably favored. Jesus had just been called the Son of God and Satan took this opportunity to try Him. He often attempts to fill us with pride and vain self-conceit then will urge us to do something in an attempt to cause us to sin.
3. His temptations are plausible. They often seem to be only urging us to do what is good and proper. They seem to even sometimes urge us to promote the glory of God and to honor Him. Some of the most powerful temptations of Satan occur when he seems to be urging us to do what might be for the glory of God. We fail in this discernment because of our blind use of pagan holidays …
4. We are to meet the temptations of Satan, as the Saviour did, with the plain and positive declarations of Scripture.
We must understand and realize that Jesus came to us as God in the “flesh” to know what it is to be human, and to be sacrificed as a man for us.