After miraculously delivering them from slavery, God led Israel on a four-decade journey through the desert. As the crow flies, the trip was eleven days (Deuteronomy 1:2). Why this long and arduous pilgrimage?
It was a test to show the people their hearts. “God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:2-3). Israel failed the test.
God also led Jesus Christ into the wilderness to test Him. “After He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry” (Matthew 4:2). Enter the devil. “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread” (Matthew 4:3).
Christ answered the devil with Deuteronomy 8:3, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”(Matthew 4:4). Christ also lived Deuteronomy 8:3. Christ kept faith with the Father as a perfect Son, passing the test for people like us.
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