Walking in the Jesus Way: A Lenten Journey — Day Eight



Matthew 4:1-11, NRSV

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 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,

One does 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 placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying 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,
    so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do 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 splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written,

Worship the Lord your God,
    and serve only him.’”

Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

Sometimes I wonder
about those angels.
I’m pretty sure they
didn’t look like this one.

I’m guessing they looked a lot
like desert nomads,
carrying skins filled with water,
and dried camel meat.

But those guys don’t show up
again in the life of our Lord.
At least, we’re not told about
any more angels — except that one
in the garden,
offering strength
in the midst of

But that is all.
After that, there will be no more
rescue, succor, heavenly food.

The rest of this story
is terribly earth-bound.

Thank God.

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  1. I love your observation that Jesus was only ministered to by angels in the wilderness and in His moments of anguish in the garden. I’d never seen that!
    Blessings, Diana!

    • Those are the only two instances we have record of and so they must have been important and central to the story. And of course, there were angels all around when he was born — and when he rose from the dead!

  2. Yes, thank God and praise Jesus, who endured that earth-bound agony–for us.

    Thank you, Diana, for these Lenten insights.