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Temptation of Jesus

The name of “Gospel of Mark” reflects the early 2nd century the tradition that the author of the book was John Mark from Jerusalem, an associate of Paul and Barnabas. Many researchers believe that the Gospel of Mark is the oldest, written before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, and that it was widely used by Matthew and Luke. Neither Gospel gives the author’s name directly, although it is assumed that the original readers knew who they were. We know that during the 2nd century the Gospels became known as Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and that by the end of the same century these four were recognized as canonical.
*The information is taken from the introductions of books of the Bible printed by the Latvian Bible Society in 2012

Temptation of Jesus

A combination of Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, and Luke 4:1-13.

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan river. The Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. During these forty days and forty nights he fasted (did not eat anything) and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him: “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus answered: “No! The Scriptures say, People do not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Then the devil took him to the holy city, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands, so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone Jerusalem.” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’” Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. I will give it all to you if you worship me.” “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came. And behold, Jesus was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.

! Talk to your pastor or spiritual leader if you want to know more about temptations.