Family Devotional Guide - 2/12/23
For this week’s Family Devotional Guide, we’ll focus on the sermon text about the temptations of Jesus Christ from Luke 4:1-13.
Scripture: Luke 4:1-4
Discussion: In this first temptation, we see Satan appealing to Christ’s earthly need for food by tempting Jesus to perform a miracle. Jesus responds by stating that “Man shall not live by bread alone” (quoting Deuteronomy 8:3). What does Jesus teach us about the nature of desire? Why would this have been considered a temptation to sin? What specifically would be sinful about creating bread?
Song: “Ancient Words” by Lynn DeShazo
Scripture: Luke 4:5-8
Discussion: In this second temptation, we see Satan tempting Jesus with power and authority. In particular, Satan is claiming to offer Jesus “authority and…glory” (v. 6). Would such authority be Satan’s to grant? When would Jesus assume full authority/glory? Many commentators believe that Satan was tempting Jesus to go ahead and assume full authority instead of continuing to humble Himself and submit Himself to the suffering of the cross. In other words, Satan was tempting Jesus to (most likely) abandon His humble mission to save sinners. Spend a moment discussing why this may (or may not) have been Satan’s ultimate goal.
Song: “The Wonderful Cross” by Chris Tomlin, Isaac Watts, J.D. Walt, Jeese Reeves & Lowell Mason
Scripture: Luke 4:9-13
Discussion: In this final temptation, Satan is attempting to tempt Jesus to perform what amounts to a reckless stunt, knowing that God the Father would protect Him. Discuss Satan’s use of Scripture here in verses 10-11. In those verses, Satan quotes Psalm 91:11-12. How was Satan misapplying those verses, and why would it have been wrong to give in to Satan’s temptation attempt? Discuss the verse that Jesus quotes, Deuteronomy 6:16.
Song: “Cornerstone” by Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan & William B. Bradbury