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Today’s Reading: Luke 4:1-13
1 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit 2 for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “Ifyou are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone.’ ” 5 And the devil took him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it shall all be yours.” 8 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’ ” 9 And he took him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here; 10 for it is written, He will give his angels charge of you, to guard you,’11 and On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ ” 12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, You shall nottempt the Lord your God.’ ” 13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.
forty days: The duration of Jesus’ fast. The number 40 is symbolic of probation and testing in the Bible. It is linked with the flood, Moses’ fast on Mt. Sinai, Israel’s journey in the desert, the twelve spies’ inspection of Canaan, Israel’s oppressionby the Philistines, Elijah’s fasting, and Nineveh’s opportunity to repent at the preaching of Jonah.
until an opportune time: The devil’s defeat is as yet incomplete. He will continue fighting against God’s kingdom and will mount an aggressive assault on Jesus inGethsemane.