Jesus was led by the Spirit to the desert, to be tempted by the devil.Matthew 4:1 Why did Christ fast for 40 days and 40 nights in the desert before his temptation and his lifelong ministry? What do fasting and the desert signify? Are they connected to any teachings of Christ in the Gospels or the rest of the New Testament?
- For had he, i.e. the devil not fought, Christ would not have conqured. *
**Summa Theologica: Christ’s Temptation ** newadvent.org/summa/4041.htm
Is it because Eve was originally tempted by the apple? And Esau sold his birthright for a plate of lentils? So… we must guard ourselves against temptations against the flesh… best symbolized by food?
The second temptation was to throw oneself down and rely on God to save one? Why?
The third temptation was to receive all the kingdoms of the world in return for bowing down and serving the evil one. Is it because Eve originally ate the apple because she wanted to be as wise as God? A temptation to gain power/wisdom/might in the wrong way?
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry.
The tempter approached and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread."
He said in reply, “It is written: ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple,
and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: 'He will command his angels concerning you and ‘with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’"
Jesus answered him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.’”
Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence,
and he said to him, "All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me."
At this, Jesus said to him, “Get away, Satan! It is written: ‘The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.’”
Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.Matthew 4:1-11