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The Temptation of Jesus

The Temptation of Jesus

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A STUDY OF OUR LORD'S TRIAL
IN THE WILDERNESS

BY A. MORRIS STEWART, M.A.
A STUDY OF OUR LORD'S TRIAL
IN THE WILDERNESS

BY A. MORRIS STEWART, M.A.

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THE TEMPTATIO OF JESUSA STUDY OF OUR LORD'S TRIALI THE WILDERESSBY A. MORRIS STEWART, M.A.SECOD EDITIOADREW MELROSE: LODOi6 PILGRIM STREET. MDCCCCIIIPREFACE.I setting forth this Interpretation of ourLord's Temptation in the Wilderness, thewriter s aim and method are very simple.The aim is, so to read and use every indica-tion in the Gospel narratives, that the plain factsof them shall meet the reader's imagination, andbe readily related with his experience.The Temptation is a great fact which, firstand chiefly, concerns the inner experience of Jesus. To understand it, both generally and inits details, is to gain insight regarding Him ; andthat is an end in itself. But there is no com-munication of Scripture regarding God or HisSon which is not designed in relation to ourneeds. When we are shown Jesus, it is alwaysin such an aspect as may instruct and help us ;and nowhere can this be more true than in theTemptation, where we see Jesus in relation toSatan and sin ; meeting evil and the Evil one.
 
vi PREFACEon His own behalf and ours, as the Saviour of men.Each point narrated or indicated in theTemptation story is primarily and intimatelyrelated to our Lord ; but, when it is told in theGospel, it gains, in the telling, that extra meaningin which it concerns us who are admitted to theunderstanding of it.The method of this Interpretation is nothingelse than the keeping in view of this doublesignificance : that of the facts, on the one hand,which concern our Lord; and that of theirnarration, on the other hand, which sends themon to us.In discussing the several Temptations, theorder which has been followed is that of S.Matthew's Gospel, in preference to S. Luke s.The latter order, when it puts the rapture to theTemple top after the vision of the kingdoms of the world, seems designed to end on a level whichshall be close to the beginnings of our Lord'sministry. The step from the height of theTemple buildings is seen by S. Luke as aproposed emergence into publicity. Jesus isshown refusing this mode of entry upon Hisministry (Luke iv. 12); and, in the narrativeimmediately following, we see Him choosing anPREFACE vii
 
ordinary road towards His extraordinary work :"returning in the power of the Spirit intoGalilee" (Luke iv. 14). This contrast of theairy path suggested by Satan, and the earthlywalk chosen by Jesus, is effective ; but the orderof S. Matthew is plainly the logical order of theTemptations, in which they rise from the less tothe greater, culminating in world-wide vision onJesus' part, and in dismissal on the part of HisTempter.Critical questions and purely theological dis-cussion have been avoided in the text. A fewmatters which fall under these heads, and whichcould not be passed over, are treated of briefly innotes which will be found in an Appendix.A. MORRIS STEWART.ARBROATH,March^ 1903.COTETS.CHAPTER I.PACK The Measureless Endowment . . . iCHAPTER II.The Wilderness . . . . • '5

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