Bible Study Questions – Luke 4:1-13
How would you explain the word temptation?
Why do you think Jesus was led to a desolate place for 40 days? Exodus 24:18, 34:28; 1 Kings 19:8
Do you think satan really had the power to do what he said he could do? Why or why not? John 8:44; Philippians 2:5-11; James 1:13
If our Lord taught the disciples to pray, “Lead us not into temptation,” (Matthew 6:13) why then did the Spirit lead our Lord into temptation? Ephesians 6:10-13
Was Jesus capable of the sin of giving into temptation? John 14:30
Is temptation merely an inevitable part of life, or is it necessary to our growth as disciples?
Did Jesus have any special powers at His disposal to resist temptation that Christians today don’t have?
Jesus’ first temptation deals with His ‘physical appetite.’ What is going on in this temptation? Deuteronomy 8:3
Jesus’ second temptation deals with ‘mental pride.’ What is going on in this temptation? Matthew 6:4; Deuteronomy 6:13
Jesus’ third temptation deals with ‘spiritual worship.’ What is going on in this temptation? Deuteronomy 6:16; Psalm 91:11-12; James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:6
What is unique about the third temptation that you do not see in the first two?
In each temptation Jesus gives us a very special way to overcome it. What is the secret to overcoming it and what does this mean for us today?
Why do you think this story ends with the words, “Until a more opportune time?”
Which of these temptations do you think satan uses most often in today’s world?
Notice how Jesus was tempted when He took a spiritual step towards God. In your life, when is satan most likely to try and take you down?
Let’s sum it up. 1 John 2:15-17
Interesting note: The scene of the temptation of our Lord is generally supposed to have been the mountain of Quarantania, a high and precipitous wall of rock, 1200 or 1500 feet above the plain west of Jordan, near Jericho.
Interesting note: In Matthews account in Matthew 4:1-11, the second and third temptations are opposite from those in Luke.