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What was the main reason Satan tempted Jesus when he did?


Asked by dgall3 at 12:59 PM on Oct. 30, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Jesus was tempted at that particular time because he was physically weakened by having been in the wilderness fasting for 40 days. Notice that the first temptation involved turning stones into bread to satisfy an immediate physical need. Satan's tactics involved hitting him in the areas where he might have been vulnerable - tactics he still uses.

    Answer by 69humblepie at 10:01 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • Actually... read about the children of Israel in the wilderness then read the story of Jesus and the wilderness... the similarities will shock you... You see Satan KNEW what happened in the wilderness and was trying to tempt Jesus the same way but since JESUS knew what happened in the Wilderness, He knew what the enemy was up to and defeated him that day.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 4:03 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • Because and this is my understanding please read your Bible and always...Jesus was all God and all man on this earth and Satan wanted to tempt Jesus when he knew Jesus was weak in His physical state...

    Answer by motherganey5 at 4:48 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • The same reason Satan tempts Christians, to make us ineffective and struggle through temptations instead of spreading God's word.

    Answer by Laura2U at 6:33 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • Christ was emaciated and weak from a 40 day fast and mentally worn from spiritual anguish-- the optimal moment for it in Satan's eyes.The temptations Satan presented are the most difficult for humans to overcome--appetite and doubt (always first! See Genesis 3)and the desire for worldly honor and material things. Satan thought to gain the victory by presenting these at a time when Christ's human nature was weakest.

    Answer by Lexylex at 6:59 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • I've heard it explained the way Shaneagle explained it.

    I've also heard that at the time of the temptations Satan may not have known that Jesus was both God and man because Satan is not omniscient and cannot read minds. He may have only known that He was a special threat, and tempted Jesus to try to learn about Him. The first temptation asks Jesus to demonstrate divine power, the second temptation asks Him to demonstrate that He is specially protected by God, and the third temptation offers Jesus a shortcut to His reign. Jesus not only refused the temptations, but also refused to satisfy Satan’s curiosity, so maybe Satan left still unsure.

    Answer by flatlanderjenn at 8:38 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • I think that satan was trying to show Jesus that dying on the cross would be pointless--that it would accomplish nothing. He tried to reacquaint Jesus with his own power and divinity. It's one of those lovely fairy tales that you can interpret almost any way you want to.

    Answer by witchqueen at 11:16 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • First, Satan acknkowledged Jesus as the Messiah, son of God, etc by tempting Him. Satan wanted Jesus's worship, testing Jesus's devotion to God.

    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 5:09 PM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • Satan knew Jesus had fasted for 40 days and 40 nights and he knew he was week, thats why he chose that time. Also it was a test from God and Jesus passed that test by resisting the devil and stating scripture. As an example for us when we face trials. We should know scripture and use it when the devil tempts us to do wrong.

    Answer by Momabear455 at 10:06 PM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • Well, if you ever watched Star Wars, then you might know that Satan was trying to encourage Jesus to join the DARK SIDE. I mean, c'mon...if Jesus & Satan partnered up..Satan would be UNSTOPPABLE! I's just like Star Wars!


    Answer by samurai_chica at 8:09 AM on Nov. 1, 2010