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Matthew 4 - NIV

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil.

2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.

6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.

9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Jesus Begins to Preach

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee.

13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—

14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:


“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles—

16 the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”[f]

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.

19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them,

22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus Heals the Sick

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.

25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis,[g] Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.


a. Matthew 4:1 The Greek for tempted can also mean tested.
b. Matthew 4:4 Deut.?8:3
c. Matthew 4:6 Psalm?91:11,12
d. Matthew 4:7 Deut.?6:16
e. Matthew 4:10 Deut.?6:13
f. Matthew 4:16 Isaiah?9:1,2
g. Matthew 4:25 That is, the Ten Cities

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Shared by: Fr Mund Cargill Thompson on Jan, 2017
Summary: A panto style sermon on the theme of Evangelism for the third Sunday of Epiphany (Don't mistake the light hearted nature of the presentation for a lack of depth in the content)
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Shared by: The Rev deniray mueller on Jan, 2017
Summary: Jesus calls us to bring light into the darkness
Scripture: Matthew 4:16-22
Denomination: Episcopal
Views: 23
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Shared by: Kerry Haynes on Jan, 2017
Summary: Jesus' call of the first disciples reminds us that God takes the initiative to pursue us; that God calls us into relationship, not rules; and that God's mission becomes our mission: to teach, preach, and heal a hurting world.
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Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Jan, 2017
Summary: In this passage Jesus teaches us about Repentance - Repentance involves 1. Revelation and Realization 2. Redemption and Renewal 3. Reorientation and living a life of Righteousness
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Scripture: Matthew 4:12-23
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Views: 101
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Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Jan, 2017
Summary: Paul address several elements that we need to build a sure ministerial foundation. Make sure to includes these building stones.
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Shared by: Steve Spaeth on Dec, 2016
Summary: God wants us to be equipped to know and serve Him
Scripture: Matthew 4:18-22
Denomination: Wesleyan
Views: 24
Wayne Lawson avatar
Shared by: Wayne Lawson on Nov, 2016
Summary: DO YOU BELIEVE THE DEVIL HAD THE ADACITY TO TEMPT CHRIST? The devil came after Jesus. He had the Guts to come after Jesus – Emmanuel – God with Us. You better believe devil has no problem coming after us and Tempting us
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 4:1
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,018
Derek Geldart avatar
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Shared by: Derek Geldart on Nov, 2016
Summary: To overcome the lust of the eyes keep your eyes fixed on God and His kingdom!
Series: Sin or God?
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 45
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Overcoming the Pride of Life
Shared by: Derek Geldart on Oct, 2016
Summary: In Jesus' second temptation we learn that to overcome the pride of life we must place our full trust in God the Father no matter what the circumstances are.
Series: Sin or God?
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Shared by: Dan Proctor on Oct, 2016
Summary: Why do we sin against God? Why do we mess up, make terrible choices, and then have to live with the consequences? Why do we get ourselves into bondage to sin and certain destructive patterns of behavior?
Series: The Gospels
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-25
Denomination: Bible Church
Views: 185
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Shared by: Derek Geldart on Oct, 2016
Summary: In the temptation of our Lord Jesus Christ we learn that not matter what the physical or emotional temptation one faces, doing the will of God will always lead to manna from heaven.
Series: Sin or God?
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Shared by: Tim Smith on Sep, 2016
Summary: Sermon on the parable of the Sower
Series: Storyteller
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 351
Jeff Strite avatar
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Shared by: Jeff Strite on Aug, 2016
Summary: Jesus chose "ordinary, unschooled" men to be His disciples. For 3 years He equipped them for a ministry that turned the world upside down. But how did Jesus change them so they were ready for that adventure. And how can He do the same for us?
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Shared by: Dean Courtier on Jun, 2016
Summary: There are many things that can hinder us or stop us, from spending time with God, but perhaps the biggest hindrance can be ourselves.
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Scripture: Matthew 4:4
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,687
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Shared by: Christopher Benfield on Jun, 2016
Summary: Every believer is called to be a disciple of Christ. It is up to us individually to heed the call to follow the Lord as His disciples.
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Scripture: Matthew 4:19
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 597
Jimmy Dillon avatar
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Shared by: Jimmy Dillon on May, 2016
Summary: Looks at the Coming Test for all believers in light of these last days.
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Scripture: Matthew 4:1-10
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Views: 751
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Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Apr, 2016
Summary: Jesus will meet us at what ever level our love and commitment. It is time for us to hit the stop button and to get off of the "Guilt" Merry-Go-Round. It is time to move forward in the faith and to be conformed into the image of Christ.
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Shared by: Troy Campbell on Mar, 2016
Summary: The Bible says if we don't understand this parable we will not know any of the other teachings of Jesus
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-2
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 390
Lynn Malone avatar
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Shared by: Lynn Malone on Feb, 2016
Summary: Christ called disciples to a mission in the world. The call is distinctive, costly and transforming. This sermon touches on who Christ calls, the cost involved and the priority of the mission.
Scripture: Matthew 4:28-32
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 292
Mark A. Barber avatar
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Shared by: Mark A. Barber on Jan, 2016
Summary: Who is Israel?
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Scripture: Matthew 4:17-25
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 277
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Shared by: Wayne Lawson on Jan, 2016
Summary: This is the foundation of how the Church grows. For years I’ve been bothered by the GIMMICK VS. GOSPEL approach to ministry in general and evangelism in particular. It seems we don’t think God’s gospel is quite good enough to reach folks,
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Scripture: Matthew 4:18-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,117
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Shared by: Bob Marcaurelle on Jan, 2016
Summary: A description of evangelism the first thing Jesus called His disciples to do, showing it priority, the power behind it and practical steps every church should take.
Scripture: Matthew 4:18-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 410
Leighton (Lee) Vary avatar
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Shared by: Leighton (Lee) Vary on Jan, 2016
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Shared by: Tony Abram on Jan, 2016
Summary: Being a minister requires more than what he expects his people to be to have a life of victory. Can we do it? These steps may help.
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Shared by: Gregory Thomas on Jan, 2016
Summary: After every great triumph, there is a great test, but this test was not an ordinary test of man!
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Shared by: Paul Basehore on Jan, 2016
Summary: Isaac is the first real reference to Christ. God did the exact same thing with Christ that He expected Abraham to do with Isaac.
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Shared by: Leighton (Lee) Vary on Jan, 2016
Summary: Jesus tempted in the wilderness just as we are, the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 368
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Shared by: Leighton (Lee) Vary on Jan, 2016
Summary: The beginning of Christ's ministry here on earth. The pivotal event was the arrest of John the Baptist.
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Shared by: Leighton (Lee) Vary on Jan, 2016
Summary: Jesus calls Peter and Andrew, James and John. What kind of people did our Lord call to His service?
Scripture: Matthew 4:18-22
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Views: 607
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Shared by: Tim White on Dec, 2015
Summary: The region that Jesus began His ministry brings to us some great truth about the Kingdom of God.
Series: Matthew
Scripture: Matthew 4:12-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 561