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The Temptation in the Desert

1Then Jesus was led up by the spirit into the desert to be tempted by the Devil.a
  2And after he had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, he was hungry.
  3And the Tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.”
  4But he answered and said, “It is written: Manb cannot live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.c

5Then the Devil took him into the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the Temple
  6and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written: He will command his angels concerning you, and, They will lift you up with their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”d
  7Jesus said to him, “Again, it is written: Do not test the Lord your God.e

8Again, the Devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory,
  9and he said to him, “I will give all these things to you if you will fall down and worship me.”
  10Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Adversary! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.f
  11Then the Devil left him, and behold, angels came and began ministering to him.

Jesus Begins to Preach

12Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee.
  13And he left Nazareth and went and lived in Capernaum, which is by the lake,g in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,
  14with the result that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah was fulfilled, saying,
  15The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, along the Road of the Sea,h beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
  16the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and on those who sat in the region and shadow of death, a light has dawned on them.i

17From that time on Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven has drawn near.”

The Calling of Disciples

18And as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lakej—for they were fishermen.
  19And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will have you fish for people.”
  20And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
  21And going on from there, he saw two other brothers—James the son of Zebedee and John his brother—mending their nets in a boat with Zebedee their father, and he called them.
  22And immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus’ Fame Spreads

23And Jesus went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.
  24And the news about him spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all who were sick: those suffering from various diseases and severe pain, those who were being afflicted by demons, people with epilepsy, and people who were paralyzed; and he healed them.
  25And large crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.

“Devil” is a transliteration of the Greek word, diabolos, which literally means “Slanderer.”
“Man” refers to humankind.
From Deut. 8:3
From Ps. 91:11-12
From Deut. 6:16
From Deut. 6:13
This is referring to the “Sea of Galilee.”
Refers to the great road from Egypt to Damascus and beyond called the Via Maris.
From Isa. 9:1-2
This is referring to the “Sea of Galilee.”

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