Genesis 4 & Matthew 4

Genesis 4

    Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

    Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?” And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.” Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” Then the LORD said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him. Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

    Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad fathered Mehujael, and Mehujael fathered Methushael, and Methushael fathered Lamech. And Lamech took two wives. The name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. His brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe. Zillah also bore Tubal-cain; he was the forger of all instruments of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.

    Lamech said to his wives:

    “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
        you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say:
    I have killed a man for wounding me,
        a young man for striking me.
    If Cain's revenge is sevenfold,
        then Lamech's is seventy-sevenfold.”
    
        And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.” To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD.

(Genesis 4 ESV)


Matthew 4

    Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,

    “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
        but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
    
        Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,

    “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
    
        and

    “‘On their hands they will bear you up,
        lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
    
        Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,

    “‘You shall worship the Lord your God
        and him only shall you serve.’”
    
        Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

    Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

    “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
        the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
    the people dwelling in darkness
        have seen a great light,
    and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,
        on them a light has dawned.”
    
        From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

    While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

    And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

(Matthew 4 ESV)



Something to Consider

Matthew 4: What happens to you when you begin to get so hungry that you can hardly stand it? For most of us, we begin to lose focus on what we’re doing, and the thoughts of getting some food begin to consume our minds. We may get a little quick-tempered and become susceptible to making rash decisions. Hunger has a way of messing with our heads and weakening our hearts.

It’s easy for us to overlook the reality that Jesus was not only fully God but was also fully human. After fasting for forty days, Jesus physically felt no different than we would after not eating for forty days. Jesus was starving! It's at this point when Jesus is at His weakest and most vulnerable that Satan steps in attempting to disqualify Jesus as the sinless Savior. He seeks to persuade Jesus to use His authority and power as God to make His grueling mission easier for Himself.    

This extended time of fasting and prayer had been Spirit-led, and this time of testing was being used by God to strengthen His Son for the mission that was set before Him. While God never tempts anyone to do evil, He does use circumstances to test a person’s character. Despite this time of weakness, Jesus successfully resists the temptations by standing firm on God’s Word. Jesus remained obedient as a man and as a representative for all His people, setting an example for all His future followers to not seek satisfaction in selfish gain but in service to God alone.