Matthew 4 Questions and Answers

Day 1

1. Who led Jesus into the desert? When? Matthew 4:1

1. Who led Jesus into the desert? When? Matthew 4:1

2. Why was Jesus led into the desert?

3. Who was the agent of the temptation? When did he come to tempt Jesus?

4. What are some other things we know about the devil from Scripture? (Some other verses to read might be: Genesis 3;14; Ezekiel 28:13-17; John 8:44; John 10:10).

5. What is the difference between a test and a temptation? Who tests and who tempts? What is the end goal of a test compared to a temptation? ( James 1:2-4, 13-14)

6. What do we know from the book of Job about temptations and testings? (Read especially Job 1 & 2)

*How did Job respond? *Job's response: "You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?" So in all this, Job said nothing wrong. Job 2:10

7. What did Jesus do in the desert? Matthew 4:2

8. What does it mean to fast?

9. What do you think might be a reason for Jesus going on a 40 day fast?

10. What kinds of fasts can people go on?

To read more about fasting go to: 7 Steps to Fasting

Day 2

11.How many times did Satan tempt Jesus in this chapter? Was Jesus ever tempted again after this? (Matthew 13; Matthew 16:23; Matthew 26:36-39; Luke 22:28)

12. What was the first temptation that the tempter brought to Jesus and why was it a significant temptation at this point in the life of Jesus? Matthew 4:3

Some possible significances of this first temptation are:
  1. The tempter wanted Jesus to make bread from stones to show His spiritual power over nature. As a man, Jesus was hungry. As God, he could have created bread from nothing as He had given Israel manna in the wilderness for 40 years.
  2. He wanted Jesus to become a bread Messiah gaining followers by miraculously meeting physical needs.
  3. The point of the temptation is not the feeding of the hunger but to have Jesus distrust His Father. He was attempting to destroy Jesus' confidence in the Father's will, the Father's power and the Father's plan to sustain Him. It's the suggestion that what is going on is incompatible with Jesus being the Son of God. Satan is saying, "If you're the Son of God, what are you doing being hungry? God fed His people all throughout the centuries yet you're out here starving, and You're the most beloved of anyone?"
  4. Satan wanted Jesus to go against God and grab the control. This is a temptation to exercise personal, selfish authority to do what would satisfy His own wants of material comfort and food.

13. What was Jesus' response to the first temptation? Matthew 4:4

14. What was the second temptation? Matthew 4:5-6

15. What was the focus of this temptation?

16. How did Jesus respond to this temptation? Matthew 4:7

17. What is different between the first and second temptation?

18. What was the third temptation and why would it be a temptation for Jesus? Matthew 4:8-9

19. What was the flaw in the temptation?

20. What scripture did Jesus use to overcome the temptation and the tempter? Matthew 4:10

21. What helped Jesus to defeat Satan each time?

22. What does God do when we are able to overcome temptation? Matthew 4:11

Day 3

23. When and where did Jesus start his ministry? Matthew 4:12-13

24. Why had John been put in prison? ( Matthew 14:3-4)

25. Why did Jesus begin his ministry there? Matthew 4:14-16

26. In Matthew 4:15-16, What is Jesus called? ( John 8:12)

27. How does a person, or a place become a place of darkness? (Read Romans 1:19-21)

28. What was the 2 parts of Jesus' message? Who else had the same message? Matthew 4:17

29. What were Peter and Andrew doing when they met Jesus? Matthew 4:18

30. What was Jesus' invitation to the two fishermen? Why do you think this is an appropriate invitation? Matthew 4:19

31. How did they respond to Jesus' invitation? Matthew 4:20

32. Who else joined this new group? Matthew 4:21-22

Day 4

33. What qualities do good fishermen have that would also be qualities needed in fishing for people?

  1. Patience. Fishermen learn to wait, so if we're good at fishing for men we have to be patient.
  2. Perseverance. "We didn't catch anything, but we'll go again." We keep looking for people that God wants us to speak to
  3. Courage. They'll face the sea for the cause of the fish. It takes courage to talk to people about Christ.
  4. Have an eye for the right moment. If you just talk to a fisherman who knows his stuff he'll tell you when and where. We need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit to let us know when it is the right moment to share the gospel

34. How did Jesus "fish for people"? What were the 4 men learning about fishing for people?

  1. Jesus was available. He was always where the crowd was, where the sinners were.
  2. Jesus had no favorites. He didn't run around with the rich, the famous, or the religious. It didn't matter what their social standing was.
  3. Jesus was totally sensitive. He could quickly spot an open heart. Eg. Woman with issue of blood
  4. He drew out of people a public confession. Eg. Mark 5 the woman with the issue of blood
  5. Jesus used love and tenderness. Eg. John 8 with that woman who had been abused by all kinds of men, who was a harlot of the worse category. Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:2). In Matthew 8 Jesus reached out and touched a leper. He had tenderness toward the sinner.
  6. He always took time for people no matter how busy He was. Eg. Jarius' daughter
"Evangelism is not taught as much as it's caught," like everything else in the Christian life.

35. What did Jesus do around Galilee? Matthew 4:23

1. Throughout Galilee Jesus taught in synagogues, (Galilee is about 40 miles by 70 miles)

2. Jesus preached the good news of the kingdom. Some have said preaching is proclaiming the gospel and teaching is the explaining of the gospel. Jesus did both.

3. He healed every disease and sickness among the people. Jesus used a variety of ways to help people in their various needs to point them to their greatest need - salvation. There is no conflict between meeting social or physical needs and providing spiritual necessities.

These healings:

36. What happened throughout Syria? Matthew 4:24

37. Where was Syria in those days?

Syria was a Roman province that included Galilee and Palestine. When it's used here it refers to the north part where Damascus was the major city.

38. What is the implication that Syrians were touched by the ministry of Jesus?

39. Where were people coming from to hear Jesus? What was the result of Jesus' first ministry?

This is a picture of what it's going to be like at the kingdom; the whole world gathering at Jesus' feet. Day 5

1. Have you ever sensed that you have been given temptations to test your faith and make you stronger in God?

2. What doubts has Satan put in your mind?

3. What kind of temptations have you faced? How have you overcome your temptations?

4. How can you live on God's Word? Are you actually practicing "feeding on the Word of God?"

5. Have you ever used scripture to defeat temptations like Jesus did? If so, what scriptures did you use? Or what scripture do you need to memorize in order to overcome temptations.

6. What lessons can we learn from the first temptation and how Jesus handled it? Have you ever been tempted in this way?

Response: God will take care of us. He promised.

7. What lessons can we learn from the second temptation and how Jesus handled it? Have you ever been tempted in this way?

Satan will tempt us to presume on God, to put Him to the test. Satan encourages us to go out there and do what we think we need to do to make our splash in the world and expect God to rescue us or put the pieces back together. Eg. I Samuel 4 - Israelites presumed that if the Ark was with them in battle they would win. God does not operate like that, and they didn't win the battle.

8. What lessons can we learn from the third temptation and how Jesus handled it? Have you ever been tempted in this way?

9. When we are tempted to whom do we turn and how do we gain victory over temptation? ( Hebrews 2:18; Hebrews4:15-16; Hebrews 12:1-3; Matthew 26.41; James 4:7; I Corinthians 10:13)

10. When we have a great victory what do we have to be careful of?

To read more about fasting go to: 7 Steps to Fasting

11. Why or when do we not have victory when we are tempted?

Day 6

12. Have you ever tried fasting? for an extended time? If so, for what purpose? Do you think Jesus expects us to fast? ( Matthew 6:16-18 ; Matthew 9:14,15)

13. What are the benefits of fasting?

14. Jesus message was: Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Do we share this message with the lost? Should we be? Would it be understood if we did?

15. Do you think Jesus has chosen you to be a fisher of men, to join His disciple group?" If so, how did you respond to Jesus' invitation to follow Him?

16. What might that mean if we join His disciple group?

17. How do we get a passion to share Jesus with people?

18. Could we do something similar to what Jesus did around Galilee, preaching, teaching and healing people? Is Jesus asking you to serve His kingdom in some way?

19. Does God still heal today?

20. What did God teach you from this chapter that He wants you to apply to your life?