lu1 — 2016-08-07T04:52:02-04:00 — #1
charles_mcneil — 2016-08-07T10:05:14-04:00 — #2
Did Jesus go into the wilderness to pray, to be alone or to be tempted? "Just asking." CM
eric_seelye — 2016-08-07T10:57:57-04:00 — #3
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (Mt 4:1).
Edit: Of course I think he spent a great deal of time in prayer, but I believe a large part of his purpose there was to suffer the temptations of Satan.
charles_mcneil — 2016-08-07T11:51:53-04:00 — #4
I wonder, was this Matthew reporting after the fact or was Jesus aware, what was going to happen, before it happened? Any thoughts CM
eric_seelye — 2016-08-07T14:22:52-04:00 — #5
This is a good question, and I don't know the answer. Also, a quick check of my resources didn't turn up any discussions of it. However, my thoughts are that it seems that Jesus was often aware of the significance of his words and actions, and often remarked (or the gospel writers remarked) that Jesus was fulfilling some OT prophesy in what he was doing or saying. Since other NT writings attach a lot of significance to Jesus' temptations and how he, as the second Adam, succeeded where the first Adam had failed, I would tend to believe that Jesus was aware of God's plan for him out there in the wilderness.
Anybody have any other thoughts on this question?
charles_mcneil — 2016-08-07T18:07:55-04:00 — #6
Thanks for your honest response, Eric.
While any and everybody are thinking, Would it be a temptation if Jesus knew in advance? In other words, must temptation be unknown (the incident) to be temptation? CM
lu1 — 2016-08-09T07:08:40-04:00 — #7
So humor is off limits and is subject to criticism ... good to know for the future, an observation it is getting to the point one can't post anything without it being subject to over analysis here lately. Sort of takes all the fun out of engaging with people.
charles_mcneil — 2016-08-09T08:25:48-04:00 — #8
Oh, come on Lu, don't let a little question steal your joy. The question is not against you.
Besides, much is learned through narratives and humor. You should rejoice that a deeper question is asked. "Lighten up!" CM
PS. I think I got your deeper message by this post, but I won't own it. The bottomline is, "this joy that I have, the world didn't give it to me, and world can't take it away."