Although He was true God, Jesus went before the tempter as one of us. His defense is ours too: The Word of God.

Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11

ESV Text: Matthew 4:1-11


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 4

     1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 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. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 446:
Rise, my Soul, to Watch and Pray

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1. Rise, my soul, to watch and pray, 
From thy sleep awaken; 
Be not by the evil day 
Unawares o’ertaken. 
For the Foe, 
Well we know, 
Oft his harvest reapeth 
While the Christian sleepeth. 

2. Watch against the devil’s snares 
Lest asleep he find thee; 
For indeed no pains he spares 
To deceive and blind thee. 
Satan’s prey 
Oft are they 
Who secure are sleeping 
And no watch are keeping. 

3. Watch! Let not the wicked world 
With its pow’r defeat thee. 
Watch lest with her pomp unfurled 
She betray and cheat thee. 
Watch and see 
Lest there be 
Faithless friends to charm thee, 
Who but seek to harm thee. 

4. Watch against thyself, my soul, 
Lest with grace thou trifle; 
Let not self thy tho’ts control 
Nor God’s mercy stifle. 
Pride and sin 
Lurk within 
All thy hopes to scatter; 
Heed not when they flatter. 

5. But while watching, also pray 
To the Lord unceasing. 
He will free thee, be thy stay, 
Strength and faith increasing. 
O Lord, bless 
In distress 
And let nothing swerve me 
From the will to serve Thee. 

6. Therefore let us watch and pray, 
Knowing He will hear us 
As we see from day to day 
Dangers ever near us, 
And the end 
Doth impend– 
Our redemption neareth 
When the Lord appeareth. 


Hymn: LSB 418 O Lord, throughout These Forty Days
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