Tempting the Second Adam
The Adversary is wily, but his tricks are old. Old as creation. And when he shows up to tempt Jesus, he resorts back to his old ways. The ways that worked at the beginning, on the first Adam and his bride. But the second Adam won’t fall for the tricks, won’t take the bait. Won’t let the evil one twist and question the very words of God.
Some scholars believe that the temptation of Eve and that of Jesus follow the three categories of temptation mentioned in 1 John 2:15-17.
The Desires Of The Flesh
In the first temptation of Jesus, the evil one goes after the flesh, his hunger after fasting for forty days.
“If you are the Son of God, order these stones to become bread.”
Similarly in the garden, Eve saw the tree was good for food.
And where Eve gives in to the temptation, Jesus responds with the words of Deuteronomy 8:3.
“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of Adonai.”
The Desires Of The Eyes
Satan also tempts Jesus by showing him the glory of the Kingdoms of the world.
“The Adversary … showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their glory and said to him, ‘All this I will give to you if you will bow down and worship me.'”
Eve saw the tree was not only good for food, but a delight to the eyes.
Jesus responds again by quoting Torah, this time Deuteronomy 6:13.
“Worship Adonai your God, and serve him only.”
The Pretensions (or Pride) of Life
The Tempter also took Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem, set him on the pinnacle, and challenged Him to jump quoting Psalm 91:11-12.
“He will order his angels to be responsible for you. They will support you with their hands, so that you will not hurt you feet on the stones.”
In the garden Eve saw that the tree was desirable as a source for wisdom. And she took the fruit and ate.
Jesus responds here by quoting Deuteronomy 6:16.
“Do not put Adonai you God to the test.”
The tempter takes God’s words and twists them for his purposes, just like he did in the garden. But Jesus responds with God’s true words. And the evil one flees.
Tempted in Every Way
When Scripture says that Jesus was tempted in every way I believe this is what it is talking about. And in every way we are tempted, we have two choices. We can believe the lies and give in to the temptation, or we can look to the one who was tempted in every way, to God’s true Word, and the evil one will flee.