Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1‒4
A. In a time when public confidence in the Bible seems to be at an all-time low (and falling), it is important that we renew our focus on the Scriptures as the word of God.
B. Instead of concerning ourselves too much with what others think of the Bible, as Jesus’ disciples we should be chiefly concerned with what our Master thinks of it.
I. Jesus had a tremendous respect for the Scriptures.
A. Contrary to what some people thought of Him, Jesus believed that every word of Scripture matters (Matthew 5:17‒18).
B. Jesus relied heavily on the Scriptures throughout His mortal existence (Matthew 4:1‒11; Mark 14:48‒49; 15:34).
C. Jesus faithfully pointed others to the Scriptures as well (Matt. 19:3‒9, 16‒22; 22:29‒33; Luke 24:25‒46).
II. Jesus also had a way of opening the Scriptures.
A. Jesus not only fulfilled the Scriptures, but He even breathed new life into them (Matthew 1:22‒23; 2:15, 23).
B. He opened people’s understanding of the Scriptures (Luke 4:17; 17:10‒13; Luke 24:32, 45).
C. Jesus still has this ability to open our understanding (2 Corinthians 3:12‒4:6; cf. Isaiah 29:9‒14).
A. If our Lord looked to the Scriptures in all that He did and taught, shouldn’t His disciples seek to do the same?
B. If we truly wish to be His disciples, then let us continue in His word (John 8:31).