“Man does not live by bread alone, he lives by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.”
Here Jesus is quoting Deuteronomy in the Old Testament because after fasting for 40 days, weeks and weeks and weeks, he is tempted and the devil tempts him to turn stones into bread.
Matthew 4:4 Shows How Much Jesus Valued for God’s Word
Jesus looked at him and said: “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.” Do you believe this? Do you live by every word that comes out of the mouth of God, which is more important to you today than breakfast, lunch, or dinner, more important than the food itself? The word of God is your sustenance. You cannot live without it. He is your source of life. Well, let me point out what the Bible teaches from start to finish. This is true.
The Bible is your source of life. You cannot live without the word of God. This is what Jesus said. The question is, is it obvious in your life that you’re noticing this? Do you live as if your daily bread is the word of God? I think Psalm 1 says, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the assembly of the wicked, who does not stand in the way of sinners, who does not sit in the pulpit of mockers, who takes pleasure in the law of the Lord. And he meditates day and night on his law.” And then you continue to read the first Psalm there and you will see the fruit of living the word of God.
So if you don’t have a regular Bible reading plan today, especially at the beginning of the year, where you feast on the word every day, and you know you’ll be feasting on that word tomorrow, let me encourage you today. from here and the next day and the next, let me encourage you to do that.
I strongly encourage you.
Matthew 4:4 Reminds Us To Be Moisturized With God’s Word
And in case you didn’t get it, these Pray the Word podcasts right now follow a Bible reading plan. So Robert Murray McShane was a pastor centuries ago, and in a year or two he devised a Bible reading plan that reviewed the Old Testament once and the New Testament and the Psalms twice. And you can search it on Google. There is a wonderful prayer written by DA Carson. for God’s sake it is the name of devotion. I use this almost every day. And here we are, in Matthew 4 for this podcast episode, and by God’s grace, we will be tomorrow in Matthew 5, Matthew 6, and Matthew 7. Therefore, I urge you to stick to a daily Bible reading schedule.
If you don’t already have it, use this and don’t just pray and pray according to one verse during the day, make sure you read one, two or more of God’s word every day. Just don’t gnaw at the word of life. This is more important than any meal you will eat today, any meal you will eat any day.
So we pray, Lord, help us live as we believe it. As we believe the word is our sustenance, because it is. Our life depends on your word. Lord, we cannot live a life apart from your word. Consider the third verse of Isaiah 55. Listen to me. You tell us you can live. You gave us life with your word, so help us to read it, study it, memorize it, meditate on it day and night, and cherish it as our life.
Prayer for Bible Translations
Lord, we praise you for your words. We praise you for giving it to us. Lord, we pray for people all over the world who don’t have it. We think of the Bible as people of the world. Lord, we pray that you will bless the translation of the Bible, that your word will spread among all peoples, among all nations. If they don’t take your word, they can’t have a life. Lord, please bless all the efforts put into getting your word to reach every language of the world where people can live. O Allah, we praise you for your word. We thank you for the life we have found in you, and we thank you for helping us live accordingly today. We pray according to Matthew 4:4 in Jesus name. Amine.
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