The Desert Experience

Matthew 4:1-11

The Holy Spirit led Blessed Name into a desert-like place to be tempted by the devil.

Blessed Name felt abandoned for what seemed like an eternity, and was desperate for help.

The devil came to Blessed Name saying, “If you are child of God, tell these rocks to become your favorite food so you can eat!“

Blessed Name answered, “The Bible says: ’A person doesn’t live only by eating food, they also need experiences with God.’ “ (Deuteronomy 8:3)

So the devil tried something else and led Blessed Name to a peaceful, wonderful place and put Blessed Name on the top of a cliff and said, “If you are child of God Blessed Name, jump because the Bible also says: ’He has put his angels in charge of you. They will catch you in their hands so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.’ “ (Psalm 91:11)

Blessed Name answered with, “The Bible also says: ’Do not test the Lord your God.’ “(Deuteronomy 6:16)

Being persistent, this time the devil took Blessed Name to the top of a very, very high mountain so that Blessed Name could see the whole world and everything enjoyable that this life has to offer. The devil said to Blessed Name “If you’ll bow down and worship me, I will richly reward you and give you everything and anything you want.“

Blessed Name said to the devil, “Get lost Satan! The Bible says: ’ Blessed Name must worship the Lord God and serve only Him.’ “(Deuteronomy 13:4)

So the devil left Blessed Name and angels came and took care of Blessed Name, ending the desert experience.