For Jesus, this would have been a jump to safety, as God would have sent angels to rescue the messiah.
The temptation was two-fold: 1) to test his Father’s love and; 2) to make a spectacular display in order to gain a messianic following without proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and suffering the consequences.
Christ responded by reciting Deut 6:13, another text from Israel’s journey through the wilderness.
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Read Matt 4:5–7. Why do you think the devil stopped before reciting Ps 91:13? How does this event demonstrate the necessity of reading Scripture in context? What can you do to protect yourself from false or misleading interpretations of the Bible?
[Related posts include Satan Tempts Christ (Matt 4:1–4); The Third Temptation (Matt 4:8–11); Serpents in the Ancient Near East (Gen 3:1); A World-Altering Conversation (Gen 3:2–5); Succumbing to Temptation (Gen 3:6); God Curses the Serpent (Gen 3:14); The First Good News (Gen 3:15); The Accuser (Job 1:6–11 and Job 2:1–7); Satan Addresses the Heavenly Council (Zech 3:1–5); God’s Servant, the Branch (Zech 3:6–10); A Most Cruel and Ignominious Punishment (Matt 27:26–37); Forsaken (Matt 27:38–49); Betrayed (Luke 22:1–6); A Murderer from the Beginning (John 8:42–44); The Death of God (John 19:28–30); and Guilty of Misconduct (Jude 8)]
[Click here to go to Chapter 7: The Seed of the Serpent and the Seed of the Woman (Genesis 3:14–15)]
 France, The Gospel of Matthew, 131.
 Keener, IVPBBCNT, Matt 4:5–6.
 Hagner, Matthew 1–13, 67.
 Wilkins, Matthew, 160