A Time of Dependence

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Sermon Text: Exodus 16:11-26

As we continue through the Lenten season, we are still in our Wilderness Time sermon series, and this morning I want to talk about how our wilderness times are a time of dependence. Since Jesus’s time in the wilderness is our backdrop for Lent and considering our own wilderness times, I want to start by reading that story once again so it is fresh in our minds again. We’ve heard Matthew’s version and Mark’s version, and this morning I will read from Luke’s Gospel. Luke tells the story this way.

4 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness2, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”

5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; 11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time…See full sermon here