Was Satan in the Desert with Jesus?

Jesus Without Baggage

The story of the temptation of Jesus is very dramatic and insightful, but was Satan really in the desert with Jesus trying to lead him astray in his mission? Let’s consider several factors.

Russian painter I.N. Kramskoi - Christ in the Desert

The Temptation in the Gospel of John

Does the the feeding of the 5000 reflect the same crisis as the temptation in the desert, or is it something different? The feeding of the 5000 and the temptation in the desert involve exactly the same issues for Jesus:

  • Providing miraculous food—specifically bread
  • Drawing attention to himself and building a following through signs
  • Accepting the kingdom in the wrong way and from someone other than the Father

If Jesus resisted the temptation to create bread during the desert experience, it seems odd that he would do that very thing so soon after.

Both the feeding of the 5000 and the desert temptation story use the same backdrop from the Old…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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