The Temptation in Matthew

Matthew 4:1-11

This Sunday we look at Matthew’s version of the temptation narrative. Matthew’s version is quite similar to Luke’s except that the sequence of the three temptations is different.

Both Matthew and Luke begin with the temptation of turning stones to bread. To Jesus’ response in Luke – “Man shall not live by bread alone” – Matthew adds, “but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” This fits Matthew’s emphasis on Jesus as a teacher.

Matthew and Luke switch the sequence of the next two temptations. Matthew follows with the temptation to jump from the pinnacle of the temple. Both evangelists report this temptation is essentially the same manner.

Matthew concludes with the temptation to bow before Satan. In Matthew, Jesus’ response begins “Be gone Satan”. The next verse reports that the devil left him, thus emphasizing the authority of Jesus.

Matthew concludes by following Mark’s observation that “the angels ministered to him.” Luke does not report this detail.

I’ve previously written quite a bit about the temptation, which I will not repeat here.

Temptation: Stone to Bread
Temptation: Cast Yourself Down
Temptation: Power and Glory
The Temptation in Luke