Jesus Is Tempted
4:1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.1 4:2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he afterward hungered. 4:3And the tempter came and said unto him, If thou art the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. 4:4But he answered and said, It is written,
4:8Again, the devil taketh him unto an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 4:9and he said unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 4:10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written,
4:11Then the devil leaveth him; and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Jesus Begins His Ministry in Galilee
4:12Now when he heard that John was delivered up, he withdrew into Galilee; 4:13and leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali: 4:14that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
4:15The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
Toward the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,
4:16The people that sat in darkness
Saw a great light,
And to them that sat in the region and shadow of death,
To them did light spring up.
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
4:18And walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brethren, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishers. 4:19And he saith unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you fishers of men. 4:20And they straightway left the nets, and followed him. 4:21And going on from thence he saw two other brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. 4:22And they straightway left the boat and their father, and followed him.
Jesus Ministers to Crowds of People
4:23And Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of disease and all manner of sickness among the people. 4:24And the report of him went forth into all Syria: and they brought unto him all that were sick, holden with divers diseases and torments, possessed with demons, and epileptic, and palsied; and he healed them. 4:25And there followed him great multitudes from Galilee and Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judaea and from beyond the Jordan.
Cf. Mark 1:39
- tempted by the devil. The three synoptic Gospels present the same sequence for preparation for ministry: baptism, dealing with temptation and wild beasts, proclaiming one's credo (Beatitudes in Matthew, reading Isaiah 61 at Nazareth in Mark). Temptation is interpreted by Winifred Hausmann's Dealing With Stress Through Spiritual Methods - Lesson 6, How to Outwit the Devil (appetites, image, control) and Ed Rabel's The Book of Revelation - Chapters 11-13 (The Beast waits to eat the new-born man-child). Successful ministry requires dealing with temptation and wild beasts.