When Jesus told Satan that man doesn’t live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God, He wasn’t merely fighting a temptation with some Scriptures. Jesus was making a true statement about himself: He himself lives on God’s Word. The revelations that come from His Father are his own food.
Remember how the twelve-year old Jesus discussed Scriptures with the scholars in the temple? At that young age, Jesus had known the Scriptures by heart such that they were amazed at his understanding and answers.
Remember how Jesus told his disciples that his food was to do his Father’s will, and that He only does what He sees the Father doing. Not even His words are his own, but what God the Father says through Him (John 5:19 and 14:10). And remember how Jesus would often get away from the crowd and spend all night with His Father? He wasn’t merely praying; he was eating. He hungered for His Father’s Words.
These passages tell us that Jesus would not say or do anything unless He first heard it from His own Father, and saw His Father do it. This means Jesus made deliberate, moment-to-moment, unhindered, 100%, joy-filled connection with His Father in Heaven.
Pause and think about this: Jesus, who ‘in the beginning was the Word’, gave himself to the discipline and love of consuming God’s Word as basic, essential, life-giving food to nourish him on the earth.
In the same way, God’s Word – both in Scriptures and as revealed by the Holy Spirit — is not merely for us to study, to understand, to meditate, to memorize or to use. It is not merely principles or a set of instructions. It is the actual, divine, supernatural words from the mouth and heart of God Himself. God’s Word gives life to our souls.
Reflect on This:
Jesus loved and hungered for His Father’s own Words. So if Jesus loved, hungered after and consumed His Father’s own Words with passion and perseverance, then He also gave us the model and command to follow: go and do likewise.
Take This To Heart:
“When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies.” Jeremiah 15:16