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After Jesus was baptized, he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness and for
forty days he was tempted by the devil. Jesus fasted during those forty days.
That means he didn't eat anything during that time, and of course, at the end
of the time he was very hungry. Satan saw this as an opportunity to tempt him
again. He said to Jesus, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones
become bread." Jesus answered, quoting from the book of Deuteronomy; "It is
written, ' Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds
from the mouth of God'". Next the devil took Jesus up on a high mountain and
showed him all the kingdoms of the world in just a moment. Then he told him
that he had been given the authority to give those kingdoms to anyone he
wished. Had he really been given that authority? He wanted Jesus to worship
him. Remember, the devil is a liar. God rules in the kingdoms of men and it is
He who gives power to the people He wants to have that power. Jesus replied,
"Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your
God, and Him only you shall serve'." Again Jesus is quoting from the writings
of Moses in Deuteronomy. Satan tries a third time. He brought Jesus to
Jerusalem and took him up to the highest part of the temple and told him to
jump off. He said that angels would come and lift him up so that he wouldn't
be hurt. Jesus answered him, "It has been said, 'You shall not tempt the Lord
your God'." Satan gave up and left him, but he would return later when he
thought he had an opportunity to get Jesus to sin. After Satan left, angels
came and helped Jesus.