Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1–4
A. Of all the things the Old Testament teaches us, there are few things it emphasizes as heavily as the authority of God’s word.
B. God told Israel that they should rely more upon His word than they did upon food, and we will do well to learn the lesson they missed.
I. God wants us to learn to live by His word.
A. This is the principle lesson that He endeavored to teach Israel in the wilderness (Deuteronomy 8:1–3; 4:32–40; 11:1–9).
B. We must learn today to live by that which proceeds from God (Deuteronomy 8:3; John 6:32, 49–50).
II. Life has always been given and sustained by the mouth of God.
A. The mouth of God gives us life (Genesis 2:7; Psalms 119:50; John 6:63).
B. The mouth of God should direct our every movement (Numbers 9:22–23; 13:3; cf. Deuteronomy 1:26, 42–44).
C. We should speak only as the mouth of God dictates (Numbers 22:18; 1 Kings 22:14; Acts 20:27).
D. The mouth of God governs even our death (Numbers 33:38; 34:5).
E. When the last day comes, judgement will proceed from the mouth of God (Revelation 20:12; John 12:48; cf. Isaiah 11:4; Revelation 19:15).
A. If every aspect of our lives from beginning to end is governed by God’s word, we ought to be diligent students of the Bible.
B. Never has a promise failed which has issued from the mouth of God, and no greater promises have ever been made than those which He has made to us today (Hebrews 8:6).