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New Testament Lesson 4

New Testament Lesson 4 covering the Baptism of Jesus Christ and subsequent temptations by Satan.

https://www.lds.org/manual/new-testament-gospel-doctrine-teachers-manual/lesson-4-prepare-ye-the-way-of-the-lord?lang=eng

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New Testament Lesson 4

  1. 1. Prepare Ye The Way Of ThePrepare Ye The Way Of The LordLord Matthew 3-4; John 1:35-51Matthew 3-4; John 1:35-51
  2. 2. Objective:Objective: • To inspire class members to draw near to the SaviorTo inspire class members to draw near to the Savior by repenting of their sins, keeping their baptismalby repenting of their sins, keeping their baptismal covenants, and withstanding temptation.covenants, and withstanding temptation.
  3. 3. John The Baptist from theJohn The Baptist from the book, "Jesus The Christ"book, "Jesus The Christ"
  4. 4. Luke 1:76-79Luke 1:76-79 • 76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord toHighest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;prepare his ways; • 77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,remission of their sins, • 78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,dayspring from on high hath visited us, • 79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
  5. 5. Why was it important to haveWhy was it important to have someone "prepare the way"?someone "prepare the way"?
  6. 6. What message did JohnWhat message did John preach? (Matt 3:1-2)preach? (Matt 3:1-2) RepentanceRepentance
  7. 7. What does it mean to repent?What does it mean to repent? What are the steps?What are the steps? • Feeling godly sorrow for sin (2 Corinthians 7:9–10). Feeling godly sorrow for sin (2 Corinthians 7:9–10).  • Confessing and forsaking sins (D&C 58:42–43).Confessing and forsaking sins (D&C 58:42–43). • Making amends, where possible, for wrongs doneMaking amends, where possible, for wrongs done (Luke 19:8).(Luke 19:8). • Obeying the commandments (D&C 1:31–32).Obeying the commandments (D&C 1:31–32). • Turning to the Lord and serving him (Mosiah 7:33).Turning to the Lord and serving him (Mosiah 7:33).
  8. 8. The baptism of Jesus ChristThe baptism of Jesus Christ
  9. 9. What covenants do we makeWhat covenants do we make at baptism?at baptism? • 37 And again, by way of commandment to the church37 And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism--All those whoconcerning the manner of baptism--All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to behumble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contritebaptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they havespirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to taketruly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having aupon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifestdetermination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit ofby their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be receivedChrist unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church.by baptism into his church. • D&C 20:37D&C 20:37
  10. 10. Satan tempts JesusSatan tempts Jesus
  11. 11. Matthew 4:2-11Matthew 4:2-11 • 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. • 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. • 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.the mouth of God. • 5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, • 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. • 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. • 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world,8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;and the glory of them; • 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. • 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.only shalt thou serve. • 11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
  12. 12. Three known temptationsThree known temptations • Food - mortal appetitesFood - mortal appetites • Divine Intervention - proof of God's love and planDivine Intervention - proof of God's love and plan • Worldly Wealth - money, power, prestige among menWorldly Wealth - money, power, prestige among men
  13. 13. From Jesus The ChristFrom Jesus The Christ • Hungry as Jesus was, there was a temptation in Satan’s words even greaterHungry as Jesus was, there was a temptation in Satan’s words even greater than that embodied in the suggestion that He provide food for His famishingthan that embodied in the suggestion that He provide food for His famishing body--the temptation to put to proof the possible doubt implied in thebody--the temptation to put to proof the possible doubt implied in the tempter’s “If.” The Eternal Father had proclaimed Jesus as His Son; the deviltempter’s “If.” The Eternal Father had proclaimed Jesus as His Son; the devil tried to make the Son doubt that divine relationship. Why not prove thetried to make the Son doubt that divine relationship. Why not prove the Father’s interest in His Son at this moment of dire necessity? Was it properFather’s interest in His Son at this moment of dire necessity? Was it proper that the Son of God should go hungry? Had the Father so soon forgotten asthat the Son of God should go hungry? Had the Father so soon forgotten as to leave His Beloved Son thus to suffer? Was it not reasonable that Jesus,to leave His Beloved Son thus to suffer? Was it not reasonable that Jesus, faint from long abstinence, should provide for Himself, and particularly sofaint from long abstinence, should provide for Himself, and particularly so since He could provide, and that by a word of command, if the voice heard atsince He could provide, and that by a word of command, if the voice heard at His baptism was that of the Eternal Father. If thou be in reality the Son ofHis baptism was that of the Eternal Father. If thou be in reality the Son of God, demonstrate thy power, and at the same time satisfy thy hunger--suchGod, demonstrate thy power, and at the same time satisfy thy hunger--such was the purport of the diabolical suggestion. To have yielded would havewas the purport of the diabolical suggestion. To have yielded would have been to manifest positive doubt of the Father’s acknowledgment.been to manifest positive doubt of the Father’s acknowledgment. • Chapter 10: In the Wilderness of JudeaChapter 10: In the Wilderness of Judea
  14. 14. • Moreover, the superior power that Jesus possessed had not beenMoreover, the superior power that Jesus possessed had not been given to Him for personal gratification, but for service to others. Hegiven to Him for personal gratification, but for service to others. He was to experience all the trials of mortality; another man, as hungry aswas to experience all the trials of mortality; another man, as hungry as He, could not provide for himself by a miracle; and though by miracleHe, could not provide for himself by a miracle; and though by miracle such a one might be fed, the miraculous supply would have to besuch a one might be fed, the miraculous supply would have to be given, not provided by himself. It was a necessary result of our Lord’sgiven, not provided by himself. It was a necessary result of our Lord’s dual nature, comprizing the attributes of both God and man, that Hedual nature, comprizing the attributes of both God and man, that He should endure and suffer as a mortal while possessing at all times theshould endure and suffer as a mortal while possessing at all times the ability to invoke the power of His own Godhood by which all bodilyability to invoke the power of His own Godhood by which all bodily needs could be supplied or overcome. His reply to the tempter wasneeds could be supplied or overcome. His reply to the tempter was sublime and positively final: “It is written, Man shall not live by breadsublime and positively final: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” The word that had proceeded from the mouth of God, upon whichThe word that had proceeded from the mouth of God, upon which Satan would have cast mistrust, was that Jesus was the Beloved SonSatan would have cast mistrust, was that Jesus was the Beloved Son with whom the Father was well pleased. The devil was foiled; Christwith whom the Father was well pleased. The devil was foiled; Christ was triumphant.was triumphant. • Chapter 10: In the Wilderness of JudeaChapter 10: In the Wilderness of Judea
  15. 15. From Jesus The ChristFrom Jesus The Christ • Beside the provocation to sin by wantonly placing Himself in danger, so thatBeside the provocation to sin by wantonly placing Himself in danger, so that the Father’s love might be manifested in a miraculous rescue, or by refusingthe Father’s love might be manifested in a miraculous rescue, or by refusing so to challenge the Father’s interposition demonstrate that He doubted Hisso to challenge the Father’s interposition demonstrate that He doubted His status as the Beloved Son, there lurked an appeal to the human side ofstatus as the Beloved Son, there lurked an appeal to the human side of Christ’s nature, in thought of the fame which an astounding exploit, such asChrist’s nature, in thought of the fame which an astounding exploit, such as that of leaping from the dizzy height of the temple turrets and alightingthat of leaping from the dizzy height of the temple turrets and alighting unhurt, would surely bring. We cannot resist the thought, though we be notunhurt, would surely bring. We cannot resist the thought, though we be not justified in saying that any such had even momentary place in the Savior’sjustified in saying that any such had even momentary place in the Savior’s mind, that to act upon Satan’s suggestion, provided of course the outcomemind, that to act upon Satan’s suggestion, provided of course the outcome proved to be such as he had indicated, would have been to insure publicproved to be such as he had indicated, would have been to insure public recognition of Jesus as a Being superior to mortals. It would have been arecognition of Jesus as a Being superior to mortals. It would have been a sign and a wonder indeed, the fame of which would have spread as fire insign and a wonder indeed, the fame of which would have spread as fire in the dry grass; and all Jewry would have been aflame with excitement andthe dry grass; and all Jewry would have been aflame with excitement and interest in the Christ.interest in the Christ. • Chapter 10: In the Wilderness of JudeaChapter 10: In the Wilderness of Judea
  16. 16. • ...Satan tempted Jesus to tempt the Father. It is as...Satan tempted Jesus to tempt the Father. It is as truly a blasphemous interference with thetruly a blasphemous interference with the prerogatives of Deity to set limitations or makeprerogatives of Deity to set limitations or make fixations of time or place at which the divine powerfixations of time or place at which the divine power shall be made manifest as it is to attempt to usurpshall be made manifest as it is to attempt to usurp that power. God alone must decide when and howthat power. God alone must decide when and how His wonders shall be wrought. Once more theHis wonders shall be wrought. Once more the purposes of Satan were thwarted and Christ againpurposes of Satan were thwarted and Christ again was victor.was victor. • Chapter 10: In the Wilderness of JudeaChapter 10: In the Wilderness of Judea
  17. 17. From Jesus The ChristFrom Jesus The Christ • ...Then saith Satan unto Him. “All these things will I give thee, if thou...Then saith Satan unto Him. “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” So wrote Matthew; the more extendedwilt fall down and worship me.” So wrote Matthew; the more extended version by Luke follows: “And the devil said unto him, All this powerversion by Luke follows: “And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me;will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, alland to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.” We need not concern ourselves with conjecture as toshall be thine.” We need not concern ourselves with conjecture as to whether Satan could have made good his promise in the event ofwhether Satan could have made good his promise in the event of Christ’s doing him homage; certain it is Christ could have reached out,Christ’s doing him homage; certain it is Christ could have reached out, and have gathered to Himself the wealth and glory of the world had Heand have gathered to Himself the wealth and glory of the world had He willed so to do, and thereby have failed in His Messianic mission. Thiswilled so to do, and thereby have failed in His Messianic mission. This fact Satan knew full well. Many men have sold themselves to the devilfact Satan knew full well. Many men have sold themselves to the devil for a kingdom and for less, aye, even for a few paltry pence.for a kingdom and for less, aye, even for a few paltry pence. • Chapter 10: In the Wilderness of JudeaChapter 10: In the Wilderness of Judea
  18. 18. • The effrontery of his offer was of itself diabolical.The effrontery of his offer was of itself diabolical. Christ, the Creator of heaven and earth, tabernacledChrist, the Creator of heaven and earth, tabernacled as He then was in mortal flesh, may not haveas He then was in mortal flesh, may not have remembered His preexistent state, nor the part Heremembered His preexistent state, nor the part He had taken in the great council of the Gods; whilehad taken in the great council of the Gods; while Satan, an unembodied spirit--he the disinherited, theSatan, an unembodied spirit--he the disinherited, the rebellious and rejected son--seeking to tempt therebellious and rejected son--seeking to tempt the Being through whom the world was created byBeing through whom the world was created by promising Him part of what was wholly His, still maypromising Him part of what was wholly His, still may have had, as indeed he may yet have, a remembrancehave had, as indeed he may yet have, a remembrance of those primeval scenes.of those primeval scenes. • Chapter 10: In the Wilderness of JudeaChapter 10: In the Wilderness of Judea
  19. 19. Was this all from Satan?Was this all from Satan? • 13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation,13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.he departed from him for a season. • Luke 4:13Luke 4:13
  20. 20. Christ was the only earthly person toChrist was the only earthly person to witness this. What can we learn from whatwitness this. What can we learn from what was revealed?was revealed? • Keep our appetites in line with the will of God.Keep our appetites in line with the will of God. • Don't just have faith in the Lord, trust His word andDon't just have faith in the Lord, trust His word and His plan for you.His plan for you. • Seek after the eternal wealth that the Lord is willingSeek after the eternal wealth that the Lord is willing to share with us. The riches of this fallen world willto share with us. The riches of this fallen world will eventually die away.eventually die away.
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New Testament Lesson 4 covering the Baptism of Jesus Christ and subsequent temptations by Satan. https://www.lds.org/manual/new-testament-gospel-doctrine-teachers-manual/lesson-4-prepare-ye-the-way-of-the-lord?lang=eng

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