Archive for March 11, 2014
“But He answered and said, ‘It is written, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'” Matthew 4:4 (NASB)
Jesus was hungry after having fasted for forty days and forty nights in the wilderness. Satan approached Him and subtly suggested that “if” He was the Son of God as He claimed to be, He should turn the stones to bread. Thus He would have satisfied His physical hunger. But Jesus replied with a quotation from the Scriptures (Deut. 8:1-3). He could have simply spoken the words Himself and what He said would have been the Word of God; but He chose to say “It is written,” showing the importance of the Old Testament Scriptures.
Man needs both brawn and brain if he is to meet the physical and mental challenge of this life. But he cannot be physically strong nor mentally alert if he does not eat the right kind of food. The same is true in the spiritual life. To feed upon the living Word is to become like the Word upon which we feed.
“I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. [However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.]”
Matthew 17:20-21 (HCSB)