As a nurse, alert and oriented x 3 or AO3 is a normal finding in assessing the mental status of our patients, it means that the patient is oriented to time, place, and person. Reading this chapter, I was so amazed on how alert Jesus was and how he was so oriented with God’s words that he was able to answer the devil even in His human form and very hungry in his fast for 40 days and 40 nights.
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone’.”
Tempted for food, Jesus quoted Moses “man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” –Deuteronomy 8:3
Every time I fast, and when the people around me noticed that I’m not eating, they would force me to eat and scare me saying I will die starving, but I always respond with the same answer of Jesus, “Man does not live by rice alone.”
8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only’.”
Tempted for glory, Jesus again quoted Moses, Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. -Deuteronomy 6:13
This verse is so timely; our topic in the youth service (Grounded) today was about the Role Playing Gods – our idols and the things that we devote into. With the preaching and this verse, I believe, God wants me to bear in mind that only Him can fulfill me, and only Him I should devote my time to. Even Jesus fixed His eyes on God and in His words.
12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test’.”
Sometimes, our faith is tested, but this verse says that we can’t test God. Reflecting about this, I felt and asked that “Isn’t this unfair?” but as I searched where Jesus gets His answer quoting Moses in Deuteronomy 6:16,18, 16 Do not put the Lord your God to the test… 18 Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land the Lord promised…
In our testing, we are given hope, we must persevere to claim that promise. God’s promises will always be the good, pleasing and perfect, and that I should not test Him but instead trust Him all the days of my life.