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The Wilderness

Updated: Mar 27, 2021


And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness. (Mark:1:12)


And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. (Mark:1:13)


Satan — corresponding to G4566 (with the definite article affixed); the accuser that is the devil.

Angels — a messenger; especially an angel; by implication a pastor.


In the Gospel of Mark verses twelve and thirteen chapter one, the character Jesus was driven into the wilderness by the Spirit for forty days, tempted by Satan and the angels ministered unto him.

That’s all the author of the Gospel of Mark had to say about it.


Matthew


Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. (Matthew:4:1)


Devil. - a traducer; specifically, Satan (compare [H7854]): — false accuser devil slanderer.


The author of the Gospel of Matthew changed what the author of Mark wrote from “And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan” to “Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.


There is a big difference between, “He was there in the wilderness forty days, (Comma) tempted of Satan.

And:


Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness “To be tempted” of the devil.


In the first case, he was there forty days. While he was there, he (The character Jesus) was being tempted of Satan.


In the second case, “Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness (For a purpose) to be tempted of the devil.


The character Jesus did not go to the wilderness to be tempted of the devil: While the character Jesus was in the wilderness, Satan tempted him!


And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. (Matthew:4:2)


The Gospel of Mark does not mention anything about the character Jesus fasting!


And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (Matthew:4:3)


Tempter — to test (objectively) that is endeavor; scrutinize entice discipline: — assay examine go about prove tempt (-er) try.


The word tempter is used twice in the entire Holy Bible. It is used once here in the Gospel of Matthew and once in the letter of 1 Thessalonians, which means the “Tempter” is probably not a real thing.


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. (Matthew:4:4)


In the Old Testament:


And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. (Deuteronomy:8:3)


The author of the Gospel of Matthew quotes from the Hebrew Scriptures frequently, to add credibility.


Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, (Matthew:4:5)


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. (Matthew:4:6)


Old Testament:


For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. (Psalm:91:11)

They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. (Psalm:91:12)


Not quite the same, but close enough for the author of the Gospel of Matthew.


Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (Matthew:4:7)


Old Testament:


Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah. (Deuteronomy:6:16)


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; (Matthew:4:8)


And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. (Matthew:4:9)


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. (Matthew:4:10)


For it is written?! The only scripture that comes close to, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” is:


For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: (Exodus:34:14)


Exodus chapter thirty-four verse fourteen doesn’t even get that close! The only place that, “It is written” is in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, which I told you:


If the only place where it is said that the character Jesus said something is only found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, the character Jesus probably didn’t say it.


Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. (Matthew:4:11)


The amazing thing about the author of the Gospel of Matthew is the ability to get a fantastic story like this one from only the two verses written in the Gospel of Mark….


The purpose of the author of the Gospel of Matthew is to turn the heathen from Galilee into a one hundred percent, Jewish Messiah!


What better way to accomplish that goal then for the character Jesus to withstand the temptations of the, “Arch enemy of good;” his adversary, with very carefully chosen responses from the Hebrew Scriptures?!


Luke


And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, (Luke:4:1)


The Gospel of Luke changed the word “Spirit” to “Holy Ghost.


Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. (Luke:4:2)


In the Gospel of Mark, the character Jesus was tempted by Satan.


In both the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, the character Jesus is tempted of the devil, which makes me want to find out, “What’s the difference between Satan and the devil?”


In the Gospel of Mark, the character Jesus is, “Tempted of Satan.” The name Satan is first found in the Old Testament Book of 1 Chronicle chapter twenty-one verse one:


And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. (1 Chronicles:21:1)


Satan just “Popped up” from nowhere! I’m guessing Satan just popped up into the “Mind” of King David, like Jiminy Cricket in the 1940 Disney animated feature film Pinocchio.


For whatever reason, the authors of the Strong’s Concordance, insist on linking the name “Satan” with the word “Devil:”


Satan corresponding to G4566 (with the definite article affixed); the accuser that is the devil.

G4566 Of Hebrew origin [H7854]; Satan that is the devil.


Simply put:


The Greek definition for Satan is the accuser.


The Hebrew definition of Satan is an opponent; the arch enemy of good; adversary.


The phrases, “The accuser that is the devil” and “Satan that is the devil,” are some “B.S.” that some “Orthodox Christian Men Folk” tried to slip pass.


And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. (Luke:4:3)


And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. (Luke:4:4)


In the Gospel of Matthew:


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. (Matthew:4:4)


The author, “Authors” or “Authorities,” whoever wrote the Gospel of Luke, left out the phrase, “That proceedeth out of the mouth.”


And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. (Luke:4:5)


And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. (Luke:4:6)


Power — privilege that is (subjectively) force capacity; competency freedom or (objectively) mastery.


If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. (Luke:4:7)


Worship — (meaning to kiss like a dog licking his master´ s hand); to fawn or crouch to that is (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to adore): — worship.


And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Luke:4:8)


And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: (Luke:4:9)


Pinnacle — a winglet that is (figuratively) extremity (top corner).


For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: (Luke:4:10)


And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. (Luke:4:11)


And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (Luke:4:12)


And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. (Luke:4:13)


And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. (Luke:4:14)


The Gospel according to Mark does mention the character Jesus being tempted, which is where I’m guessing at least one of the authors, either the author of the Gospel of Matthew or Luke got their information.


Or, maybe they both got their information from the hypothetical “Q” source.


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The "Two-source Hypothesis" proposes that the Gospels of Matthew and Luke were written independently, each using Mark and a second hypothetical document called "Q" as a source. Q was conceived as the most likely explanation behind the common material (mostly sayings) found in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke but not in Mark.


Remember, these authors invented the “Holy Ghost Virgin Mary stories!”


Is it farfetched to think maybe they “Created” the “Temptations in the Wilderness” story also?


The authors of the Gospels of Mark and Matthew have “Satan and the “Devil” leave the character Jesus, then angels came and ministered unto him.


In the Gospel of Mark:


And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. (Mark:1:13)


In the Gospel of Matthew:


Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. (Matthew:4:11)


In the Gospel of Luke the “Devil” ended all the temptation and departed from him, “For a season?”


In the Gospel of Luke:


And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. (Luke:4:13)


The author of the Gospel of Luke is setting the stage for a return of the “Devil in the Form of Temptation!”


The author of the Gospel of Luke changes scripture often.


The purpose it seems, is to necessitate “Ministers of the Word” as well as “Priests” for protection from the devil, who has left for only a season and for “Entry into the Kingdom of God.”


I honestly believe that the author of the Gospel of Matthew made the whole story up to highlight Old Testament scriptures and to give the fictitious character, “Jesus Christ” some sort of credibility!


The author’s whole purpose was to paint the character Jesus the color, “Jewish,” sent by the “Jewish” God to the “Jewish” people.


The author of the Gospel of Luke, “Picked it up” and “Ran with it,” changing it as needed to fit the author’s own fictitious, “Prophet of the Multitude” story.


Because the author of the Gospel of Mark only wrote two verses about the character Jesus’, “Trip to the Wilderness,” which gave little detailed information, it’s safe to say that the, “Three Temptations Stories” found only in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke probably didn’t happen.

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