Jesus Tested by Satan
(Chapter 4, verses 1-11)
(1) Then the
spirit moved Jesus to strike out for the desert so that the Devil could test him. (2) After fasting
forty days and nights, Jesus naturally felt hungry. (3) Detecting this, the Diabolical Tester approached
him and mockingly challenged: "If you're truly one of God's sons, [I couldn't help but notice all the fanfare and circus
atmosphere surrounding your baptism], make a meal out of these smooth rocks that look like buns. Yes, turn them into high
quality, filling bread. They already have the look; just change their molecular structure." (4) But
Jesus replied: "In the Hebrew Bible (specifically in the Mosaic Law) it is written: ‘Bread alone won't keep man
alive. He needs spiritual food from Yehowah's mouth to survive.'"
(5) Then the Devil, apparently without
any resistance from Jesus, some how transported both of them to the roof of the temple in Jerusalem, (6)
and said to him: "If you're one of God's sons, jump! Go for it! After all, to quote the Hebrew Bible as you have, Moses
also wrote: ‘God will command his angels to catch you in midair so that your feet won't even touch the ground.'"
(7) Jesus said to him: ["Yes, that's true. The Bible does say that, but you're misapplying that Scripture,
and completely overlooking another one.] Moses also wrote, ‘You must not challenge Yehowah your God by trying to test
his almighty powers.'"
(8) Again, intent on defeating Jesus, the Devil transferred both of them to a very high mountain and displayed in
full color, a panoramic vision of all the glorious beauty of the kingdoms of the world. It was magnificent! Then the Devil
said to Jesus as the latter observed these: (9) "It's all yours--everything--if you do one simple thing:
fall to your knees and acknowledge me as a god to be worshiped; like God himself." (10) This infuriated
Jesus who shouted: "Get out of my face Satan! For the last time, the Hebrew Bible says, ‘Yehowah, your God, is
the only God you must ever worship. He's the only one who must be given special attention in a worshipful way.'" (11)
After that thrashing, the Devil left him and, wow! Look at that! Angels came to serve him food, and to encourage him.
Jesus Starts His Ministry
4, verses 12-17)
(12) Word reached Jesus that John had been arrested, so he returned to Galilee. (13) Further, after
leaving Nazareth, where he grew up, he relocated to Capernaum, right next to the sea in the areas of Zebulun and Naphtali.
(14) These moves were all in fulfillment of what the prophet Isaiah wrote: (15) "Lands
of Zebulun and Naphtali! Yes, the ones by the sea path on the other side of the Jordan. Galilee of the nations! (16)
The people sitting in the dark all saw a powerful light, and as for the ones sitting under the shadow of a dark cloud, light
flashed upon them." (17) From then on, for the first time in his young career, Jesus started to preach
and say: "Repent, all of you, because the kingdom of the heavens has approached."
(Chapter 4, verses 18-22)
As he walked near the shore of the Sea of Galilee he saw a number of professional fishermen, among them two brothers named
Simon (also known as Peter) and Andrew. They were lowering their fishing net into the water when (19) he
called them, saying: "Come join me, and I'll show you how to catch and save the lives of men." (20)
They dropped their nets where they stood, and followed Jesus. (21) Further along the sea path he saw another
set of brothers, James and his brother John, both sons of Zebedee. They were in the boat with their father repairing nets
when Jesus called them. (22) They, too, immediately followed Jesus, leaving their father in the boat.
Jesus Heals the Sick
(Chapter 4, verses
(23) Then Jesus traveled all over Galilee teaching in the Jewish synagogues and preaching the good news of God's
government. To show its forcefulness, he went about completely curing all kinds of diseases or sicknesses that people had.
(24) The Syrians received news about him and they brought him all their sick ones, people suffering from
every disease imaginable; those tormented by demons, violent lunatics (or those with severe mental illnesses), and even paralyzed
ones. It didn't matter what they had, he complete cured them. (25) Because of this, scores of people
from Galilee, the Ten Cities region, Jerusalem, Judea, and those from the other side of the Jordan, followed him.