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The Temptation of Our Lord

The Temptation of Our Lord

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THE TEMPTATIO OF OUR LORDBY THE LATE ORMA MACLEOD, D.D.COTETS.I.The Tempter . ... iII.Why our Lord was tempted 39III.The First TEMPTATia -75IV.The Second Temptation 115V.The Third Temptation 158I.THE TEMPTER " Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be temptedof 
the devil." — Matt. iv. i.T WISH to offer a few thoughts on theTemptation of our Lord, as a contributionto the practical study of this deeply interest-ing portion of the Gospel history.In what light are we to consider this trans-action ? Was it a trial of principle whichaddressed itself to our Lord from within,through his conceptive faculty presentingB2 THE TEMPTATIO OF OUR LORD.certain possibilities of wrong-doing, involvingtemptation to evil, which, however, would notitself be evil unless yielded to by the will ?Can we account for this dread occurrence byany such inward thoughts or suggestions,coming from the soul of the pure and sinlessJesus, and these too being such a source of suffering to Him ; or by the theory of a visioncreated by his imagination ; or by acceptingthe narrative as a parable or myth, symbolicalof the operation of the principle of evil in thesoul of man ?Instead of these and other theories, I be-lieve the temptation to have been historicallytrue ; * and that the suggestions to evil were* I refer with pleasure to the authority of the lamented DeanAlford, who, in his notes on the passage, says — " The whole is
THE TEMPTER.put before Christ by an evil person whosewill had chosen to be guided by evil. Thisis certainly the impression which the narra-tive conveys. It is recorded by three of theEvangelists, but omitted by St. John, not, Ithink, because his Gospel was intended moreespecially to reveal the Divine Son of God,and therefore One who was not liable totemptation, but because it is supplementaryto the other Gospels, and does not thereforerepeat events which they have sufficientlynarrated. St. Mark does not give any de-tailed account of the Temptation. He simplyand briefly records the mere fact, and that interms which leave no doubt that he recog-undoubtedly an objective historical narrative, recording anactual conflict between our Redeemer and the power of evil."4 THE TEMPTATIO OF OUR LORD.nised it as a real transaction. He says, " Hewas in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan, and was with the wild beasts, and theangels ministered unto Him." The "wilder-ness " and the " wild beasts " are thus notalluded to as things more real than " Satan '*and the " angels." It must be remembered,too, that whatever impressions were receivedby the Evangelists regarding the Temptationmust have been conveyed to them by ChristHimself; for there were no spectators of that

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