Fasting in the desert
Matthew 4:2 NASB
And after He had fasted
forty days and forty nights,
He then became hungry.
Before Satan comes to the Christ to tempt Him, we read that Jesus fasted forty days and forty nights. That has been the preparation for the battle that awaits Him.
In solitude He will have sought communion with His Father. After all, fasting is a means of focusing on communion with God.
At the end of that time, the body of Jesus resumes its rights. At last, He became hungry.
How great is the difference between Him and Adam in paradise.
- Adam had an abundance in the garden of Eden before Satan came to him with temptation.
- But the Lord Jesus is hungry when the adversary approaches. And then we should remember that He could have abundance as the Son of God.
Here is already something to see of the abandonment which He must enter because of sin.
Despite of sin, we may still eat and drink. But He must hunger now, because He must go in for the lost, who have rightly counted themselves not worthy of a crumb of bread.
How great is His immeasurable love.
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