Baptism, Tested, and a Forty Day Fast
It is thought by many that our Savior, while in the flesh, was “tempted” by the devil, which, in our time, means to be drawn to that which is unacceptable. They believe that he ultimately had the strength to resist. Let us consider this thought and see what the scriptures reveal.
The word “tempted” in the following passages means “tested, proved,” while “tempted” in our time means “drawn to, attracted to.” These two words are completely different. Tested comes from an outside force, while tempted comes from an inside force. So when we read these verses let us replace “tempted” with the “tested” that we might have a better understanding of the Son of our God, Yahweh.
Let us compare Matthew 3:13 through 4:11, Mark 1:10-13 and Luke 3:22 and 4:1-14 with John 1:31 and down that we might learn the events that followed Yasha’s baptism; his 40 day fast and those present who had to be the ones that tried him to see if he was truly the Son of Yahweh.
Matthew 3:13-17, “Then Yasha came from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, ‘I have need to be baptized of you, and you come to me?’ (This statement proves that John knew before he baptized Christ that he was the greater of the two, but he had no witness to prove that he was the Son of Yahweh.)
And Yasha (Jesus) answering said unto him, ‘Suffer (to send forth, allow) it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.’ Then he suffered him.
And Yasha, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him (John), and he (John) saw the Spirit of God (Yahweh) descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’” (In some translations you will notice that “him” and “he” is capitalized which causes the reader to believe it is speaking of Yasha’s eyes being opened to who he was. But he knew who he was and he did not need to have a witness. It is recorded in Luke 2:47-52 that at age twelve he knew exactly who he was and what he was about.)
John 1:31-34, “And I (John) knew him (the Son of Yahweh) not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, ‘Upon whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizes with the Holy Ghost.’ And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of Yahweh.”
The people at his baptism had to know that if Yasha (Jesus) was the Son of Yahweh, he was also the Lamb that was to be slain, and he was the Savior they had been waiting for. This revealing must have stirred the hearts of those who loved him. How would we respond today if we were to learn this about our friend, brother, or son?
Matthew 4:1-11, “Then was Yasha led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tested of the devil (adversary, satan). (This “wilderness” was the same lonesome, wasted place that John was crying in, saying, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Desert-dwellers, nomads, lived in this wilderness. They were lost in sin and our Savior was just as alone as you would be if you were in a room full of atheist.)
And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tester came to him, he said, If you are the Son of Yahweh, command that these stones be made bread.” (This verse makes it appear that the tester came “after” the forty day fast, but Luke 4:1 says differently.)
Mark 1:10-14, “And straightway coming up out of the water, he (John) saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him (Yasha/Jesus): And there came a voice from heaven, saying, You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And ‘immediately’ the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tried of satan (notice here that satan and devil are interchanged, they are one in the same); and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. Now after that John was put in prison, …” (This word “ministered” is the same in Philemon 13 where Paul said that Onesimus ministered (friend, wait upon—opposite of adversary) unto him in his bonds. Paul said, “If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus” (1 Cor. 15:32).
Luke 3:21-22, “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Yasha also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, ‘You are my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.’ (Notice now that verse 23, immediately begins to show the genealogy of Joseph. This was the first time that it was revealed to the public that Yasha was really the “Son” of “Yahweh”.) And Yasha himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, which was the son of …” (Luke continues in chapter four).
Luke 4:1-2, “And Yasha (the Christ) being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan (to Galilee), and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tried of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.” (Luke does not mention the wild beasts and the angels ministering unto him.)
Now let us go back to John 1:34. Where John baptized Yasha and was given proof that he was the Son of Yahweh. John 1:35-43, “Again ‘the next day’ after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Yasha as he walked, he said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’ And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Yasha. Then Yasha turned, and saw them following, and said unto them, ‘What seek ye?’ They said unto him, ‘Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?’ He said unto them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first finds his own brother Simon, and said unto him, ‘We have found the Messiah, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.’ And he brought him to Yasha. And when Yasha beheld him, he said, ‘You are Simon the son of Jona: you shall be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.’ The day following Yasha would go forth into Galilee, and found Philip, and said unto him, Follow me.”
Now we could continue reading where Christ spoke to Nathanael and so on, but it would take too much time. My point is that this is the events of the 40 days that Yasha/Jesus was fasting. These are the people who tried the Son of Yahweh, those who proved to their satisfaction that he truly was the Lamb that would be slain for them.
In Hebrews 3:8-9, we are encourage also to withstand the testing of our adversaries, saying, “Harden not (be not stubborn in) your hearts, as in the provocation (irritation), in the day of temptation (putting to proof) in the wilderness (lonesome, wasted place—the same place where Christ was right after he was baptized): When your fathers tempted (tested, scrutinized, examined) me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.”