Matthew Chapter 4
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
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Matthew Henry's Matthew Chapter 4 Bible commentary...
The temptation of Christ. (1-11) The opening of Christ's ministry in Galilee. (12-17) Call of Simon and others. (18-22) Jesus teaches and works miracles. (23-25)1-11 Concerning Christ's temptation, observe, that directly after he was declared to be the Son of God, and the Saviour of the world, he was tempted; great privileges, and special tokens of Divine favour, will not secure any from being tempted. But if the Holy Spirit witness to our being adopted as children of God, that will answer all the suggestions of the evil spirit. Christ was directed to the combat. If we presume upon our own strength, and tempt the devil to tempt us, we provoke God to leave us to ourselves. Others are tempted, when drawn aside of their own lust, and enticed, #Jas 1:14|; but our Lord Jesus had no corrupt nature, therefore he was tempted only by the devil. In the temptation of Christ it appears that our enemy is subtle, spiteful, and very daring; but he can be resisted. It is a comfort to us that Christ suffered, being tempted; for thus it appears that our temptations, if not yielded to, are not sins, they are afflictions only. Satan aimed in all his temptations, to bring Christ to sin against God. 1. He tempted him to despair of his Father's goodness, and to distrust his Father's care concerning him. It is one of the wiles of Satan to take advantage of our outward condition; and those who are brought into straits have need to double their guard. Christ answered all the temptations of Satan with "It is written;" to set us an example, he appealed to what was written in the Scriptures. This method we must take, when at any time we are tempted to sin. Let us learn not to take any wrong courses for our supply, when our wants are ever so pressing: in some way or other the Lord will provide. 2. Satan tempted Christ to presume upon his Father's power and protection, in a point of safety. Nor are any extremes more dangerous than despair and presumption, especially in the affairs of our souls. Satan has no objection to holy places as the scene of his assaults. Let us not, in any place, be off our watch. The holy city is the place, where he does, with the greatest advantage, tempt men to pride and presumption. All high places are slippery places; advancements in the world makes a man a mark for Satan to shoot his fiery darts at. Is Satan so well versed in Scripture as to be able to quote it readily? He is so. It is possible for a man to have his head full of Scripture notions, and his mouth full of Scripture expressions, while his heart is full of bitter enmity to God and to all goodness. Satan misquoted the words. If we go out of our way, out of the way of our duty, we forfeit the promise, and put ourselves out of God's protection. This passage, #De 8:3|, made against the tempter, therefore he left out part. This promise is firm and stands good. But shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? No. 3. Satan tempted Christ to idolatry with the offer of the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. The glory of the world is the most charming temptation to the unthinking and unwary; by that men are most easily imposed upon. Christ was tempted to worship Satan. He rejected the proposal with abhorrence. "Get thee hence, Satan!" Some temptations are openly wicked; and they are not merely to be opposed, but rejected at once. It is good to be quick and firm in resisting temptation. If we resist the devil he will flee from us. But the soul that deliberates is almost overcome. We find but few who can decidedly reject such baits as Satan offers; yet what is a man profited if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Christ was succoured after the temptation, for his encouragement to go on in his undertaking, and for our encouragement to trust in him; for as he knew, by experience, what it was to suffer, being tempted, so he knew what it was to be succoured, being tempted; therefore we may expect, not only that he will feel for his tempted people, but that he will come to them with seasonable relief.
12-17 It is just with God to take the gospel and the means of grace, from those that slight them and thrust them away. Christ will not stay long where he is not welcome. Those who are without Christ, are in the dark. They were sitting in this condition, a contented posture; they chose it rather than light; they were willingly ignorant. When the gospel comes, light comes; when it comes to any place, when it comes to any soul, it makes day there. Light discovers and directs; so does the gospel. The doctrine of repentance is right gospel doctrine. Not only the austere John Baptist, but the gracious Jesus, preached repentance. There is still the same reason to do so. The kingdom of heaven was not reckoned to be fully come, till the pouring out of the Holy Spirit after Christ's ascension.
18-22 When Christ began to preach, he began to gather disciples, who should be hearers, and afterwards preachers of his doctrine, who should be witnesses of his miracles, and afterwards testify concerning them. He went not to Herod's court, not to Jerusalem, among the chief priests and the elders, but to the sea of Galilee, among the fishermen. The same power which called Peter and Andrew, could have wrought upon Annas and Caiaphas, for with God nothing is impossible. But Christ chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Diligence in an honest calling is pleasing to Christ, and it is no hinderance to a holy life. Idle people are more open to the temptations of Satan than to the calls of God. It is a happy and hopeful thing to see children careful of their parents, and dutiful. When Christ comes, it is good to be found doing. Am I in Christ? is a very needful question to ask ourselves; and, next to that, Am I in my calling? They had followed Christ before, as common disciples, #Joh 1:37|; now they must leave their calling. Those who would follow Christ aright, must, at his command, leave all things to follow him, must be ready to part with them. This instance of the power of the Lord Jesus encourages us to depend upon his grace. He speaks, and it is done.
23-25 Wherever Christ went, he confirmed his Divine mission by miracles, which were emblems of the healing power of his doctrine, and the influences of the Spirit which accompanied it. We do not now find the Saviour's miraculous healing power in our bodies; but if we are cured by medicine, the praise is equally his. Three general words are here used. He healed every sickness or disease; none was too bad; none too hard, for Christ to heal with a word. Three diseases are named; the palsy, which is the greatest weakness of the body; lunacy, which is the greatest malady of the mind; and possession of the devil, which is the greatest misery and calamity of both; yet Christ healed all, and by thus curing bodily diseases, showed that his great errand into the world was to cure spiritual maladies. Sin is the sickness, disease, and torment of the soul: Christ came to take away sin, and so to heal the soul.
THOMAS.V.JOSE's Matthew Chapter 4 comment on 9/13/2014, 12:53pm...
verse 4. Here it is said that the man will live eternely if he hears the words of 'GOD ' and not by the bread or the food he eats.
Rev. Dr. W. Edward Mitchell, Jr.'s Matthew Chapter 4 comment about verse 15 on 8/30/2014, 10:22am...
Jesus completely fulfills scripture and in this passage He is not just strolling by chance, but by choice with purpose. Jesus is looking for these two Adelphos Simon Israel called Peter piece of the Rock of Israel and his brother Andrew man of Israel Who fulfill Biblical prophesy that from this area of an Israeli, disciples of John the Baptist, a stronghold would come disciples of "The Way ' " of Jesus. In other words, where pastors are having trouble with strongholds in the church, that 's where he needs to use the word of God to make disciples of his ministry!
Rick's Matthew Chapter 4 comment on 8/13/2014, 7:24pm...
It is very interesting to note that every response that jesus christ gave to satan began with It Is Written, he put all Our Fathers authority I.E. Gods word to work.
Jocelyn's Matthew Chapter 4 comment about verse 4 on 8/13/2014, 10:41am...
We cannot just live here for material stuff being materialistic . Giving, loving, sharing and helping others and taking care of your family are the things you need in life. Sure you need a job but do you need expensive cars, bags, million dollar house, you have to be humble, down to earth and pay if forward. My family are not rich nor poor but we try as much as we can to help our family and others with nothing in return. Other sees this as opportunity to judge us but do we care, no. Life is too short for material stuff and judgment from others. Love, live and rejoice... thank you.
Gift's Matthew Chapter 4 comment on 8/04/2014, 4:37pm...
Satan tempted Jesus and left for a season according to Matthew 4 but Christ give him a final blow at the cross so we should bear that in mind Christ has defeated satan on our behalf so we shouldn't be afraid of him.
Carol's Matthew Chapter 4 comment on 6/29/2014, 1:48pm...
For God 's sake..LEARN HOW TO FAST AND WHY TO FAST!!! FASTING IS PROVEN TO CURE CANCER! Praise God!
Hephzibah's Matthew Chapter 4 comment on 5/26/2014, 2:08am...
OUR CREATOR OUR REDEEMER OUR TEACHER OUR SHEPHERD OUR FATHER OUR ISHI OUR KING BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME. OUR CREATOR OUR KING OUR DELIVERER IS OUR I AM THAT I AM HAVING REMOVED THE HEADSHIP FROM PHARAOH BY TAKING ALL THE FIRSTBORN. IN KING DAVID WHO WAS THE SHEPHERD HE KILLED GOLIATH WITH ONE STONE. HE CUT OFF GOLIATH 'S HEAD USING GOLIATH OWN WEAPON. THE SON OF OUR FATHER THE SON OF MAN OUR SAVIOR THE LIVING WORD SPOKE TO SATAN COMMANDED HIM TO GET BEHIND HIM DECLARING THAT IT IS WRITTEN THAT MAN SHOULD NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT COMES OUT OF THE MOUTH OF OUR FATHER. SAID AGAIN TO SATAN IT IS WRITTEN YOU MUST NOT TEST OUR FATHER. AND AGAIN HE SAID TO SATAN IT IS WRITTEN YOU MUST WORSHIP OUR FATHER AND HIM ONLY MUST YOU SERVE.
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