Awakening Lenten Series Week 1: Testing

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan
and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days
and forty nights, he was tempted…

~ Luke 4: 1-2

Read Psalm 91: 1-2, 9-12 & Luke 4: 1-13 and consider the questions below.

Questions for reflection:

1. According to Luke, Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, was led by that same Spirit into the desert, where for 40 days, he was ‘tempted’ by the devil. A lot is here. How do you feel about the Spirit leading Jesus into a place of temptation? Does God work like this? Talk about the whole concept of temptation or do you prefer testing? Is God behind either? Where are you most likely to succumb to ‘temptations and how do you combat/overcome its ‘power.’
2. Talk about ‘the devil.’…. Is he/she/it the embodiment of evil?
3. Talk about the nature of evil. How seriously do you consider its presence at work in the world? Or is that crazy Christian talk? Comment on the following commentator’s opinion on today’s text: “Sometimes, evil works on the basis of distortion and lies.” When has a lie disguised itself as truth in your experience? With what effect?
4. Comment on verse 13: “When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him [Jesus] until a more opportune time.”

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