Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4.1-4
Recently I have been meditating on the humility of Christ. In my reflection of Christ’s humility, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the pharisees need for a sign; they wanted Jesus to perform a miracle, on demand. Their need for a sign was not much different than Satan’s temptation, he also wanted Christ to perform a miracle. Unlike us, Christ was never interested in showing off His power.
Satan wanted to see if Jesus would demonstrate His power. Unlike Satan, and us, Jesus had/has nothing to prove, ever. Satan obviously had/has a lot to prove, this reality is implied by his continual effort for advancement and power. This is the second time that Satan has tempted someone with food (And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food… Genesis 3.6a). There is no doubt that Jesus was weakened by his forty day fast, but the temptation to turn the stones into bread did not lure him. He replied with a spiritual truth that can be helpful for us to acknowledge, since we also face temptation.
Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Whenever our flesh craves sin, whatever sin appeals to you and I, we must recognize that God’s Word will deliver us from the temptation. Sometimes as I pray, I consider this important truth. Which explains why I sometimes ask God to help me crave Him and His Word, in the same way that my body craves food and water. This thought is not original, in the Psalms and elsewhere, we can read similar concepts (Psalm 42.2, 63.1, 143.6, Psalm 119.7-11, John 4.31-34)