Just as in the test failed by Adam and Eve, this temptation involved a choice between the will of God versus the plan of the serpent.
Satan asked Jesus to shift his allegiance, achieving the right end by the wrong means. Just before quoting Deut 6:14, Christ gave a curt dismissal of the tempter, proving that the devil remained under his control.
Jesus fulfilled what Adam, the first son of God, did not accomplish. While the first Adam failed under the best conditions, the last Adam succeeded in the worst (Matt 4:1–2). This victory set the stage for Christ to make atonement for his people, resulting in the eventual recovery of paradise (Rev 21:1–7).
However, as we shall see, the devil would continue to attempt to derail Jesus from his mission of redemption.
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Read Matt 4:8–11. What was the nature of this temptation? Why did Jesus succeed where both Adam and Israel failed? How does this encourage you?
[Related posts include Satan Tempts Christ (Matt 4:1–4); The Third Temptation (Matt 4:8–11); The Lord Breathes Life (Gen 2:7); A Well-Watered Garden (Gen 2:8–14); Forbidden Fruit (Gen 2:16–17); 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 Murderer from the Beginning (John 8:42–44); Effects of the Fall Reversed (Rom 5:12–21 and Rom 16:1–12); 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)]
 Keener, IVPBBCNT, Matt 4:8–9.
 Hagner, Matthew 1–13, 68.
 France, The Gospel of Matthew, 135.
 Wilkins, Matthew, 156.
 Davies and Allison, Matthew 1–7, 356.