In reading the accounts of the baptism and temptation, I had a couple of thoughts…

As Jesus comes up out of the water, He hears from the Father.  “You are my beloved Son, in whom I have delighted”.  This is a quote straight out of Psalm 2.  What I find interesting is that the Father uses Psalm 2 as an encouragement to Jesus – knowing that Jesus would know the entire psalm, most likely having memorized it as a young man.

It is a psalm that talks about the Messiah’s rejection by “rulers and kings”.  So even as Jesus basks in the Father’s delight, “you are my beloved Son”, there is a foretaste of rejection that is to come.

The psalm also says “Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Thine inheritance”.  It is an interesting phrase juxtaposed to Satan’s offering Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their glory to Him if He would just fall down and worship Satan.  All those kingdoms/nations had already been promised to the Messiah, all He had to do was ask the Father.  However, all the nations and kingdoms AND the Father’s delight came connected with the package of suffering and rejection.

And after the ecstasy of hearing audibly from God about who He was, that same God (in the form of the Spirit) drives Him into the wilderness to become empty and hungry and tempted.

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