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Excerpts from Life-study of Matthew, Message 11. THE KING'S ANOINTING (4). Bible Verses: Matthew 4:3 And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, speak that these stones may become loaves of bread. 4:4 But He answered and said, It is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word ...
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Excerpts from Life-study of Matthew, Message 11 THE KING’S ANOINTING (4) Bible Verses: Matthew 4:3 And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, speak that these stones may become loaves of bread. 4:4 But He answered and said, It is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.” 4:5 Then the devil took Him into the holy city and set Him on the wing of the temple, 4:6 And said to Him, If You are the Son of God, cast Yourself down; for it is written, “To His angels He shall give charge concerning You, and on their hands they shall bear You up, lest You strike Your foot against a stone.” 4:7 Jesus said to him, Again, it is written, “You shall not test the Lord your God.” 4:8 Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 4:9 And he said to Him, All these will I give You if You will fall down and worship me. 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, Go away, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.” 4:11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. [SELECTION, ANOINTING, AND TESTING] In this message we come to the testing of the newly appointed King (4:1-11). After His anointing, the Lord was tested. In God’s administration the sequence is always selection, anointing, and testing. There is an illustration of this in married life. Prior to getting married, you certainly made a selection. Among the many you could have married, you selected a certain one. After the selection came the appointment, and after the appointment came the test. Nearly every married couple has failed the marriage test. Although we were successful in the appointment, we were not successful in the test. After the heavenly King was anointed and appointed. He was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tested. He did not go to the wilderness on His own; He was led there by the very Holy Spirit who had descended upon Him. In God’s economy, after we have been appointed to something, we shall always be tested. If the Lord Jesus needed a test, then how about us? [THE FIRST TEST] The Lord was led to fast for forty days and forty nights. After these forty days and forty nights, He was physically hungry, and the tempter came to Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, speak, that these stones may become loaves of bread” (v. 3). To this proposal the Lord replied, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God” (v. 4). Many Christians think that because the Lord was fasting during this time He did not eat anything. However, this word reveals that while the Lord Jesus was fasting, He was eating. Physically He was fasting, but spiritually He was eating. Here we see an important principle. In the Lord’s ministry and economy, if we do not know how to lower our physical demands and take care of the spiritual demand, we are not qualified for His ministry. In order to be qualified in the Lord’s ministry, we must be tested. We must lay down our physical requirements. A good living, good food, good clothing, and proper housing are all secondary. Eating spiritual food is primary. Forty-five years ago in China, this way was truly narrow, and we were daily on the test concerning our living. Time after time just one dollar kept some of us from having nothing to eat. Nearly every day we were tested concerning what we would eat that night. But that was the time we enjoyed feasting on the Word of

God. On the one hand, we did not have very much physical food to eat, but on the other hand, we did feast on the rich Word. The principle is the same today in the church life. Everyone who takes the way of the church will be tested in this matter of his daily living. We shall be tested to show to the whole universe that our concern is not for physical food, but for spiritual food. [THE SECOND TEST] Verse 5 says, “Then the Devil took Him into the holy city and set Him on the wing of the temple.” The Devil’s fir