And the devil said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”luke 4:3 nkjv
This is the first recorded temptation Jesus faced in the wilderness. Jesus entered the wilderness after being baptised and under the direction of Holy Spirit. He was in the wilderness for forty days, fasting the entire time.
I’m sure it’s not much of a leap to assume Jesus was hungry after His time in the wilderness. Going without food for forty days will definitely leave you hungry; I mean, just going a morning without food can leave you hungry! Even Luke says Jesus was hungry: “And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.” (Luke 4:2).
However, I have learned to stop and selah when something is obviously stated in the Bible. Yes, it’s definitely matter-of-fact that Jesus would have been hungry after forty days fasting, but why did Luke, a physician, feel the need to explicitly state this? Surely, this would be so obvious that it would not need to be stated, much less stated by a doctor who is well aware of how the body works?
Yet Luke records this in the following way: “when they had ended, He was hungry.”
Hmm… Did you see the precursor to “He was hungry”?
“…when they had ended…”
When they, that is, the forty days of fasting, had ended, Jesus was hungry.
Not during. Not before. But when they had ended.
I had a look at some other popular Bible translations (AMP, ESV, HCSB, KJV, NASB, NIV, NLT), and apart from the NLT, these versions all state after the days of fasting had ended, Jesus was hungry.
This leads me to ask the next question: if Jesus was hungry after His time of fasting, was He hungry during it?
Luke does not explicitly say whether He was or wasn’t.
Personally, I don’t think Jesus was hungry during this time. I think that with Luke explicitly stating that Jesus was hungry afterward, it suggests that He was not hungry during.
Why does this matter? Why focus on this technicality?
Because it points to God.
Jesus was in the wilderness for forty days being tempted by the devil. During that time He ate nothing. With this being the case, what was sustaining Him?
For me, the answer lies in Jesus’ response to the first temptation.
Satan says to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” (Luke 4:3 NKJV)
Jesus responds, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'” (Luke 4:4 NKJV)
Do you see it? Maybe read Jesus’ response again.
“Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
You are not only sustained by bread, but by every word of God.
Those forty days in the wilderness, eating nothing and being tempted by the devil, Jesus was sustained by the Word of God.
In the next post, I will delve a little further into the sustaining power of the Word of God.