Bible Study Notes on Luke 4:1-22 – 20180521

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Luke 4:2  “…forty days…He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry”
Normally can only go about three weeks without food.  To go for forty days involved some type of supernatural action.  Not sure if it was totally outside the realm of humanity or the fact that Jesus was without a sin nature.  Hard to know what our bodies were actually designed to handle before the curse of sin.  Brings to mind another question.  Why the need for Jesus to have a resurrection body.  Brings up lots of questions.

4  “…Man shall not live by bread alone…”
We’re not defined by our physical needs and desires.  We mustn’t let them take the place of God.  Satan was checking to see if He would put His fleshly desires before God.

6  “…All this authority I will give You…”
False claim.  Jesus already had all the authority as God.  Being human and overcoming would just prove it beyond all doubt.

8  “…You shall worship the LORD your God…”
God and no one else.

12  “…You shall not tempt the LORD your God”
Jesus was God, but He was in human form, our example.  He didn’t allow that fact to take God’s place.  Also wasn’t forcing God’s hand, trying to manipulate God, make deals.  God has promised His protection to us as His children.  We must not try to coerce or blackmail God into doing what we want.  Our will must match His.

13  “…until an opportune time”
Adversary is always watching, looking for a way of attack.  Walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

21  “…Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing”
Section in Isaiah is clearly a Messianic prophecy.  He’s declaring Himself to be the Messiah.  Perhaps for the first time.  John the Baptist has already declared it of Him.

22  “…marveled at the gracious words…Is this not Joseph’s son”
They acknowledged His words, but had trouble accepting them because they knew of Him.  He’d grown up in that area and had obviously been in the synagogue before.  I’m sure they couldn’t recall any incidents of bad behavior toward Him, but they didn’t expect the Messiah to come in this manner.  I suppose they expected Him to just suddenly arrive, not grow up among them.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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