May 14, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Luke 3-4
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Commentary: John the Baptist is the first true prophet since Malachi - over 400 years ago! John’s preachings were new - baptism for all! However, only those who have earnestly repeated should be baptized. Baptism is not another item to check off of a religious salvation checklist. John drew crowds and attention, eventually landing in prison for speaking out against Herod’s marriage to his brother’s wife. Before Jesus could begin His ministry, He spent 40 days in the desert being tempted by Satan. Jesus successfully throws off Satan’s attempts at trickery, and begins His ministry in His hometown…where He is prompts rejected. People demand proof before they would believe Him. Outside of His hometown, Jesus was well received, often performing many miracles. He grew great crowds wherever He went.
Focus Verses: 4:1-13 Why is it important for you to know that Jesus was tempted? Why was important for Jesus to be tempted? What does this passage and events mean to you? What lessons to draw from them?