Posts Tagged ‘Heroes of the faith’

Hebrews 3:1-6 Moses Outdone

EVERY knee shall bow to Jesus. Even the heroes of old.

Our author is going to rock some Jewish minds! The Jewish faith puts Moses on a pedestal for his contributions to their history and faith. Now our author tells this group that Jesus is higher than Moses.

Moses was one of the most revered men in Jewish history and in the Jewish faith. Our author is not disputing that fact but is putting Moses in his proper place; UNDER Jesus. “Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant… but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a Son” (verses 5a, 6a). Read more »

Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus in the Wilderness

Eternity hangs in the balance

Eternity hangs in the balance

“Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (verse 1). It sounds ominous. Knowing you are going into battle with your chief enemy. This too was part of God’s plan and Jesus’ process as our Savior. He went through it so He could identify with us in every way.

The stage is set. Jesus fasts for 40 days. What did He do during those 40 days? I’m sure He prayed A LOT but did that take up all His time? Lengthy prayer time and I are seldom in the same realm with each other. I’m certain God would like that to change. I know I need to visit this area in my relationship with Him.

I got sidetracked looking at the risks v benefits of long term fasting. I have thought about doing a long term fast before but when I do even short term ones I get TOO cranky and weak. I don’t think I, or those who have to live with me, would survive me trying to do a 40 day fast. Did Jesus do a strict fast? I’m sure He had to take in water to survive, but did He do any kind of supplements? I’m sure He was weakened during His ordeal. Was He cranky, like me, too? Read more »