The Devil tries to tempt Jesus

"Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days. During that time he ate nothing and at the end …More
"Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days. During that time he ate nothing and at the end he was hungry. Then the devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to turn into a loaf.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Scripture says: Man does not live on bread alone.’ Then leading him to a height, the devil showed him in a moment of time all the kingdoms of the world and said to him, ‘I will give you all this power and the glory of these kingdoms, for it has been committed to me and I give it to anyone I choose. Worship me, then, and it shall all be yours.’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Scripture says: You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone.’ Then he led him to Jerusalem and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,’ he said to him ‘throw yourself down from here, for scripture says: He will put his angels in charge of you to guard you, and again: They will hold you up on their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone.’ But Jesus answered him, ‘It has been said: You must not put the Lord your God to the test.’ Having exhausted all these ways of tempting him, the devil left him, to return at the appointed time." – Luke 4:1–13, which is today's Gospel at Mass. My sermon for the 1st Sunday of Lent can be read www.tumblr.com/privacy/consent. Fresco from San Baudelio de Berlanga, c.1129–34, now housed in the Cloisters Museum, NYC.

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Answering 1.) Because The Lord designed the human body with a huge number of built-in back-ups. As any number of entirely secular, entirely mundane stranded/ marooned survivors in the past two or three centuries have shown, people can go for literally several months without any food at all depending on a.) the metabolism, b.) pre-existing health c.) amount of physical exertion, etc. Water is a …More
Answering 1.) Because The Lord designed the human body with a huge number of built-in back-ups. As any number of entirely secular, entirely mundane stranded/ marooned survivors in the past two or three centuries have shown, people can go for literally several months without any food at all depending on a.) the metabolism, b.) pre-existing health c.) amount of physical exertion, etc. Water is a different matter entirely.
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This Biblical passage brings up some questions:
1) How is it possible for anyone to fast 40 days (for another time)?
2) Why a 40 day fast?

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The number 40 does come up in Deuteronomy in some pretty significant ways. For example, Moses twice fasts for 40 days. The first time is when he was preparing himself to receive the Ten Commandments to give to Israel …More
This Biblical passage brings up some questions:
1) How is it possible for anyone to fast 40 days (for another time)?
2) Why a 40 day fast?

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The number 40 does come up in Deuteronomy in some pretty significant ways. For example, Moses twice fasts for 40 days. The first time is when he was preparing himself to receive the Ten Commandments to give to Israel at the base of the mountain (Deuteronomy 9:9-11). Curiously, Jesus gives the New Law on the Sermon on the Mount shortly after his 40-day fast (Matthew 5).

The second time Moses fasts for 40 days comes immediately after he gives the law. Moses returned from the mountain to find the Israelites worshipping the golden calf. God wished to wipe out Israel and make Moses into an even mightier nation (Deuteronomy 9:14), but Moses — being a good mediator — fasted another 40 days for the sins of his people (Deuteronomy 9:18). Afterward, God permitted Israel to continue to the promised land (Deuteronomy 10:10-11).

Once there, the people rebelled again. They doubted whether they could overcome the inhabitants, so they sent scouts to assess their chances. After 40 days the scouts returned, saying it was impossible. Their discouraging report caused to people to rise up in rebellion.

Their punishment for this rebellion? Forty years in the desert. One year for each day their scouts reconnoitered the land (Number 14:34). Wandering 40 years in the desert was a period of testing, to “find out whether or not it was your intention to keep his commandments” (Deuteronomy 8:2). But during this trial, the Israelites had to rely wholly on the Lord: “…Your clothes did not fall from you in tatters nor your sandals from your feet; bread was not your food, nor wine or beer your drink. Thus you should know that I, the LORD, am your God.’” (Deuteronomy 29:4-5).

Deuteronomy shows us that Jesus is a new Moses who after fasting for 40 days gives us a New Law and suffers for the sins of the people. He is also like a new Israel. Unlike the Israelites who fell repeatedly in the desert, Jesus response to temptation with the same words with which they should have responded.

By uniting ourselves with the mystery of Christ’s trial in the desert, we’re reminded that the 40 days of Lent are like our journey through the desert in this life. If we remain faithful, following the new Moses, Jesus Christ, we too will enter into the true promised land of heaven. The Michigan Catholic
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