QT 04/01/2024 Thursday Matthew 4

QT 04/01/2024 Thursday Matthew 4

QT 04/01/2024 Thursday Matthew 4

The "Old Israel" of the Exodus generation was tested by God on their obedience: "... There the LORD made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them" (Exo 15:25).  The Old Israel FAILED (e.g. Exo 16:3,25-27, Deut 29:25-28).

The 2nd generation who entered into the Deuteronomic Covenant with the LORD was also tested (Deut 6:16) via the 40 years of desert wanderings (Deut 8:2). The purpose of these tests was "that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end" (Deut 8:16), and to warn against being punished and destroyed (Deut 8:19, 13:3).

REFLECTION: Did you submit to the tests and moulding the LORD has sovereignly provided? Did these tests do you good in the end?

HOWEVER, Jesus IS QUALIFIED to be the New Israel because He succeeded where the Old Israel failed:

The Old Israel came out of the Red Sea and was tested for 40 years--they failed. Jesus came out of the River Jordan (Matt 3:16) and was tested for 40 days. He SUCCEEDED (Matt 4:17).

The Old Israel failed the food/water tests (see Exo 16, Numbers etc). So did Adam (Gen 3). Yet Jesus succeeded in the food tests (Matt 4:4, citing Deut 8:3). He refused to turn stone into bread but would rather rely on God.

The Old Israel tested God in the wilderness and was punished for her failure. Jesus refused to test God and SUCCEEDS (Matt 4:7, citing Deut 6:16).

The Old Israel bowed down to the golden calf (Exo 32:4) and failed. Jesus refused to bow down to Satan (Matt 4:10, citing Deut 6:13). He would not give up loyalty to God in exchange for "all the kingdoms of the world and their glory" (Matt 4:8). Jesus is king, but REFUSED to accept the kingdom from anyone else except God.

APPLICATION: Accept Jesus, the Messiah, the anointed one from God. Follow Him closely and thus pass all tests in life.

星期四 2024年1月4日 今日读经:马太福音4章