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Matthew 3 and 4: Example of an INDUCTIVE Study. Baptism and temptation

Posted by adventbiblestudy on June 3, 2012


This is one of the most interesting examples of an inductive study I have ever seen. It shows how the Bible always has a spiritual relationship from one text to another. When we take the time to go back and examine each word, the message within the texts begins to reveal itself.

This can be accomplished by a simple process of highlighting, or coloring each word that is the SAME, SIMILAR, or RELATED. This is known as an INDUCTIVE STUDY. It takes only a little bit of practice, and of course prayer, but the results are well worth the time invested.

Very few people are able to see the relationship between Jesus’ baptism and temptation other than the fact His baptism prepared Him for the next step. This study will also show how God’s Word will always prepare you for the next step.

We first need to ask a few obvious questions. Were there other ways the SPIRIT had been preparing Jesus? Was this Satan’s first attempt at tempting Jesus?

When we begin to study the relationship between these 2 paragraphs word by word a whole new message begins to emerge.

(Matthew 3:13) Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John.

(Matthew 3:14) But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”

(Matthew 3:15) But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.

(Matthew 3:16) After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him.

(Matthew 3:17) And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

(Matthew 4:1) Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil.

(Matthew 4:2) For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.

(Matthew 4:3) 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.”

(Matthew 4:4) But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.‘”

(Matthew 4:5) Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple,

(Matthew 4:6) 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.'”

(Matthew 4:7) Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.'”

(Matthew 4:8) Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the kingdoms of the world and all their glory.

(Matthew 4:9) “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”

(Matthew 4:10) “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.'”

(Matthew 4:11) Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.

The first detail we see is the relationship between the journeys.

(Matthew 3:13) Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John.

(Matthew 4:1) Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil.

 

At the baptism Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River. Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. The Jordan River has a relationship to the wilderness. The only difference between these 2 texts is Jesus was to be baptized by John in the Jordan, and tempted in the wilderness by the devil.

As we progress through the texts, carefully comparing each word we find:

(Matthew 3:14) But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”

(Matthew 4:3) 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.”

In both cases we see John and the devil questioning Jesus. Why? Is there a relationship? The devil is questioning Jesus because he is trying to put a doubt in his mind. Look at the progression the devil uses.

If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”

If you are the Son of God, jump off!

if you will kneel down and worship me

Why did John question Jesus? As we progress, comparing scripture, the question is answered.

(Matthew 3:15) But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.

(Matthew 4:4) But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.‘”

At the baptism we see, But Jesus said. At the temptation we see, But Jesus told him. A definite link. We now see two statements which are closely RELATED.

for we must carry out all that God requires.

every word that comes from the mouth of God

Both these texts share the same thought. Both deal with following every Word of God.

As you can see, Jesus was tempted before His baptism. Jesus had to follow every detail in the plan of Salvation. Not one detail could be over looked. This simple study shows Jesus’ mission was far more detailed than any of us could imagine. It also shows how we can read over texts time and time again, missing the simple lessons right below the surface. This is a perfect example of how God has carefully arranged each WORD so His message could never be hidden to those who learn to rely on the SPIRIT, and seek a closer relationship with HIM.

Did you catch the lesson Jesus taught in these two messages? Not one detail can be over looked. Not by Jesus, or His disciples.

To learn more about this and other Bible Study methods, visit this post:  https://adventbiblestudy.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/free-online-bible-studies-teaching-simple-study-methods/

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