by Christina Farris
12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. The wilderness seems like a lonely story when on thinks of God pushing Jesus into a place to be tempted by Satan. Yet Jesus was not alone he was with the wild animals and angels minister unto him. Jesus would be tempted forty days and would refuse the temptation of Satan during this time. Other Gospels expand on the story of the temptation of Jesus, but Mark does not elaborate except for the fact Jesus was not alone but with the wild beasts. A witness to the animals perhaps. Even a viper is poisonouse to wild beast. Perhaps these animals look for the day their own enemy the serpent would be defeated. Perhaps maybe verse 13 in Mark 1 in scripture gave way to C.S. Lewis interpretation in the Chronicle of Narnia books. Yet it leaves one to ask how important is this information. How important is that Christ was not alone in the hours of his temptation. How important is it to know angels ministered to him during this time. It makes one wonder why did Christ also fast for forty days, and why did these angels not bring food or substance for strength after all he was still in human flesh with all the feelings of the flesh taken upon himself. Then I ask one more question, why would other passage leave this detail out. If nothing else, it is more of a reminder that during our own hours of temptation we our often not alone especially when Satan is trying to tempt us. Perhaps it is also a reminder that there are those that will angels will aid us in the hours of temptation, as they watch over God's heritage, to keep our feet from slipping. Maybe the importance to know there those that will show compassion in the hour of temptation. Where there are always those that will be part of the temptation process in a group bullying session. For example a gang says you try this drug to be part of our gang, or to steal or whatever. Yet if you leave the group and survive there are always someone that will help you fight against such bullies, if you will only stand against them.
It is the fight against the temptation that leads down the road of temptation, that often is the one time in life we might need moral support. The wild beast knew who Christ was, were they not at the manger scene, with the shepherds. The point is Christ alone knew his Kingship to the throne of heaven, needed not to bow to Satan on the mountain, needed not to tempt God and jump off the temple, or turn stone into bread in which to eat, for God would provide, for there was after all there was wild beast, and angels ministering to him. His refusal to Satan only confirmed to the witness who Jesus was, but not only that their is now record of the event by witnesses other then Jesus, God and Satan, that knew Jesus with stood the test. HIs defeat impossibility. Satan defeat coming to pass.
Jesus went into ministry right after his time of temptation in the wilderness, for John the Baptist was cast into prison. Some scholars feel this even coming a little later, but actually Mark might be right on time frame, because John the Baptist would have to step aside for Christ to become greater then John as he preached the kingdom of God and that the kingdom of God was at hand. He also preached repent and believe the gospel. Gospel meaning testimony that the hour was now to come to faith that God word was coming to pass.
It important to know what Christ preached, to understand there is change taking place in the world. That His visitation was with a purpose, to redeem the lost, to pay a price for sin, begin a new covenant with the world as you and I know it. A new covenant not changed from the Old covenant in regards to repentance, but in regards to the sacrificial law be no longer necessary. And the new covenant with faith would allow the Holy Spirit to write the laws on the heart of man, that would believe that God sent Jesus to be the Savior of the world. The kingdom of God has Jews knew it was coming to a close and reopenning with a new covenant, bounded by the law of faith.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for allowing us to know in our hour of tempation we are not alone for you and your angels are with us guarding our steps as we trust in you and resist the temptation of sin before us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Hebrews 12:1-29 KJV
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.