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.
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.
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