September 20 – 26 Family Devotions
This comes from Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s book Children of God Storybook Bible
Week of September 20 – 26
JESUS IS TEMPTED IN THE DESERT (Matthew 4)
As soon as he was baptized, Jesus went into the desert for forty days to be alone with his Father and pray. He became very hungry and thirsty. The Devil came to tempt Jesus and said, “If you are God’s Son, then change these stones into bread.”
Then Jesus answered, “Scripture says, ‘People can’t live on bread alone. God’s Word is even more important than food.’”
Then the Devil took him to the very top of the temple in Jerusalem. “If you are God’s Son, throw yourself off the building. Doesn’t Scripture say, ‘God will send angels to catch you’?”
Jesus replied, “Scripture also says, ‘You must not test God.’” Then the Devil took Jesus to the top of a high mountain, looking over the kingdoms of the world. “I will give you power over everyone if you will bow down and worship me!” he said.
“Go away Satan!” Jesus cried. “The earth belongs to God alone, and he is the only One who must be worshiped.”
As the Devil disappeared, angels came to comfort Jesus.
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses,
for he faced all of the same testings we do,
yet he did not sin.