Sunday School Material 5-4-14: Jesus Resists Temptation

(Deuteronomy 6:13-16; Matthew 4:1-11; 5/4/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is God wants His people to trust and obey Him, instead of yielding to the devil. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to work on trusting and obeying God, instead of yielding to the devil.

Body:

Read Deuteronomy 6:13-16

I. Israel’s Task. In our Sunday School material the people of God are called to fear/reverence God and serve Him. They are to avoid following after other gods. They are warned that God will punish them, if they don’t obey Him.

Applications -

- Committed to living by God’s will. Notice in vs. 13 that God calls for and deserves the allegiance of His people. Just as God did so much for Israel and expected their faithfulness in return, God has done so much for us and expects our faithfulness in return.

God has given His Son to die for us. God has sealed us with the Holy Spirit. God has brought us through all of our troubles. He deserves our faithful obedience.

As long as the average member in our churches fails to participate in any service, rarely participates in worship, and shows no signs of trying to tithe, we are far from living up to God’s expectations. Let’s work on living like we are committed to living by God’s will.

- Disobedience leads to pain. Notice in vss. 14-16 of our Sunday School material that bad things will happen when God’s people are disobedient.

It would be a terrible mistake to think that God is so patient and understanding that we can do whatever we want to do and God will keep on giving us another chance.

God punishes sin. Let’s live like we believe this. Such living aims to avoid sinning. In other words, this point would urge us to avoid being indifferent towards the needs of others and passively rebellious against leadership.

Read Matthew 4:1-11

II. Jesus’ Temptation. In our Sunday School material Jesus is led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil. Jesus fights off the devil’s temptations and attacks by using scriptures. Angels came and attended to Him, after the devil left.

Applications -

- Passing the test. Notice in vs. 1 that Jesus is lead into the wilderness of temptation, by the Holy Spirit. In like manner, there are times when disciples of Christ have to go through some things.

It may be health, financial, relational, psychological, or something else. Let’s work on having the spiritual strength to pass the tests. Prayerful study of God’s word with a mind to obey and the support of other disciples will help us live by this application.

- Our weak spots. Notice that the devil likes to attack what appears to be our weak spots. We see in our Sunday School material with Jesus, he talked about food, because Jesus was hungry.

He talked about testing God, since Jesus used scriptures. He talked about power, since Jesus was the promised Messiah.

Let’s give extra effort to having strong faith in our areas of weaknesses. For some the weak spot may be sexual. Others may be tempted by pride and the reckless use of power.

And yet others may be tempted to take money that doesn’t belong to them. Faith is built by prayerful study and obedience with support.

- God’s word as a weapon. Notice that Jesus fights off the devil’s attacks with the use of God’s word. It is so important for disciples of Christ to study the word of God. Furthermore, when we study, we need to seek application, not just information.

“Yes,” we must exam what does the text say and mean (information), but we must not stop until we answer, “what does it mean to me” (application). Let’s work on using God’s work to defend against the devil’s attacks.

- God’s timing. Notice in vs. 11 that angels came after the battle with the devil. God knows how much we can bear and has a way of sending us relief at the right time.

Furthermore, just as angels are used in the text, sometimes God sends us to be angels and agents of comfort to others. Let’s trust God’s timing and allow Him to use us in His service.

Conclusion: Let’s work on trusting and obeying God, instead of yielding to the devil. God has much for those who obey His will.

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