SSU-2015-02-02: Baptism and the Temptations

Published on April 6, 2015 by Sabbath SchoolU

Study 2 of 13 on The Gospel of Luke

“The audacity of the devil isn’t just that he seduced a third from heaven. The audacity of the devil is that he chose to tempt one of the Trinity. Temptation doesn’t just happen to the non-believer it is stronger for the believer… Often times it is wrapped in religion….Too much of believing without knowing what you believe can lead you off the cliff trying to prove God will save you…God does save, God does love, God protects those who choose to learn more about Him and choose to not be seduced.”—Falvo Fowler

Scriptural Basis: Isa. 14:13, 14; Luke 3:1–14, 21, 22; 4:5–8, 9–13; Rom. 6:1–6.

Key Text: “The Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, ‘You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased’” (Luke 3:22, NKJV).

1. If you have experienced the rite of baptism, what did it mean to you personally?

2. If Jesus is perfect—without sin—why did He choose to be baptized?

3. In Satan’s temptation of Christ, he said: “‘If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread’” (Luke 4:3, NKJV). How does this account reflect what Satan attempted to do in heaven?

Matthew lists the temptations in a different order, Luke is the later order…does the ordering (I’ll take two stones, hold the mayo) of the temptations make a difference?

4. In what ways can idolatry be much more subtle than bowing down and worshiping something other than the Lord?

5. We are told that temptation itself is not sin. How can we understand the difference?

6. In what practical ways can we learn not to succumb to Satan’s attempts to get us to doubt God’s promises?

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