In today's study from Matthew 4:5-7, we take a closer look at the second temptation of our Lord in regards to the pride of life as mentioned in 1 John 2:16.
The Second Temptation
Jesus was tempted to jump off the pinnacle of the temple so the angels could catch him. Again, the Devil was questioning His deity. He also misquoted Psalm 91:11-12 “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone." He left out “to keep thee in all thy ways”. The angles were already there protecting him (Matt. 4:11) as long as He stayed in God’s will (Romans 8:28).
Pride of Life
This temptation appealed to the pride of life mentioned in 1 Jn 2:16. This is the second major area of temptation. This is the same way that the devil tempted Eve when she saw that the tree desirable to make one wise in Genesis 3:6.
Jesus again quoted Scripture back to the Devil. Deut 6:16 “Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God…”