When Messiah Yeshua was in the desert we know of very little that happened. He was there for 40 days and the following is what we do know:
- Entering the desert was the first thing He did before serving the ministry we read about and after being baptized.
- We know it ended with angels of Our Father ministering to Him, which was preceded by the temptation He endured.
- We know that He did not eat or drink any food or water for the time.
Let us focus, by the power of The Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) on the temptations, namely how Messiah Yeshua handled those temptations. When satan came tempting Our Savior, He was carrying the weakness of the flesh and during a time when the ground was cultivated for those weaknesses to devour Him; Yet, at just 30 years old or so, He set a simple and powerful example for His children anytime circumstances threaten our royal integrity. You are about to learn just how He overcame, and how we are called to overcome as well. Take note that it was not done easily, He did not simply say the right Scriptures. Yeshua set this model for us: He was desperate to be in relationship with The Father, and by doing what pleased The Father, above all things, that need was met. In short, Yeshua overcame the enemy by loving God. In this circumstance this is How His Father had Him handle this situation:
He used His mouth:
- He said “No” to Satan
- He commanded, with authority, His “No” using Scripture
He used His mind
- Satan tried again with different circumstances, settings and temptations.
- When this did in fact happen, again, He said “No” and used Scripture
He used His spirit
“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
“Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.” Matthew 4:11
“You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” 1 Kings 17:4 (the combination of these Scriptures describe God’s unchanging character in how He cares for us when we submit to Him)
- He took faith in knowing that though He was being wore out and stretched to beyond what He could handle alone, that The Father, in His timing, would send ministers to care for all His needs
He used His body
“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And it’s desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” Genesis 4:7 (this Scripture is being used to reference how The Savior did well, was accepted, and as a result ruled over sin instead of sin ruling over Him. Really it was The Father ruling over the sin through Yeshua)
- He used His body instead of letting His body use Him. He showed that He was willing to put His life on the line to show, through His actions (faith), that He believed that God is The Lord of all things and that life comes through Him, not bread and water. <He gives grace (His power) to the humble, while the proud He resists.> If Yeshua had been resisting His God-given hardships during this time, the grace (power) that He needed to be behind the authority of the words that came from His mouth would not have been available.
The Lord would have been resisting Him instead of working through Him. Yeshua never resisted The Lord and therefore The Lord never had to react to Yeshua with resistance except in the case where Yeshua was being punished for man’s iniquities. Did Yeshua know that Satan was going to persist after the first temptation, bread while hungry, while famished? If He did not, how is it that He was not caught by surprise in a way that caused Him to fail? Isaiah tells us that <And The Spirit of YHVH shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of YHVH; And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of YHVH: and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears: But with righteousness shall He judge> Because of God’s wisdom in Messiah Yeshua He was safe. This always is a brick in the building of the assurance of victory!
Let us also see that this encounter between good and evil was a foreshadowing of the ultimate defeat that satan endured, endures and will endure. As we witnesses see, this is the beginning of a relationship between Messiah Yeshua and the enemy. Messiah Yeshua knows now, beyond a shadow of a doubt that satan’s character is under His grace (power). He is now more fully equipped to battle the enemy which had been manifesting itself all around Him in all different ways. Messiah Yeshua in relation to satan throughout His ministry does all sorts of things: Messiah Yeshua rebukes Him, Messiah Yeshua humors a request by his legion, Messiah Yeshua seeks to save those tricked by him, Messiah Yeshua is in a relationship with Our Father and above all else, even His relationship with His family, this relationship takes precedence and devours His faith life fully. Through this relationship Messiah Yeshua learns how to handle His relationship with satan. Just as King David was after God’s own heart and had victory over his powerful enemy Saul, Messiah Yeshua, living with the same weaknesses we live with, has victory over His powerful enemy satan in the same way we are taught to take our victory. He is our example.