- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Matthew 4
The beginning of public ministry.
Jesus’ staying in the wilderness for forty days is paralleled to Moses’ forty days in the Mt Sinai to write the words of Covenant, Ten Commandments, on the tablets (Exodus 34:26). Matthew witnessed to Jesus Christ to Jewish people as a new Moses. As Moses led his people to the promised land, Jesus Christ is the Savior, Messiah, who leads people to God.
Temptation of Jesus came before his public ministry. He was led by the Spirit to the wilderness for forty days with fasting. It was the time of clarifying his identity and calling from God. The tempter challenged Jesus to do miracle, to be popular figure, and to compromise faith so that he can satisfy his self-ego. It was a temptation of performance or functionality oriented ministry over the ministry in personal relationship with God. But Jesus resisted it by saying, “No, it is written.” Jesus knew who he was and what his heavenly Father called him to do.
His first public ministry was preaching, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (v.17), and called the first four disciples to follow him. Jesus began his ministry around Galilee, preaching the good news of the kingdom through teaching and healing the sick. His healing ministry was a revelation of who he was and what he was called to do.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.