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Vos Group #87 — Deuteronomy and the Temptation of Jesus

In this installment of Vos Group, we turn to p. 336 of Vos’ book Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments, focusing on the temptations of Jesus Christ. This discussion ventures into the heart of Jesus’ wilderness temptations, offering a rich, theological analysis that challenges and enlightens. We consider the strategic use of Old Testament quotations by Jesus during his confrontation with Satan, underscoring the deep, theological significance of these moments.

This episode not only unpacks the unique messianic nature of Jesus’s temptations but also firmly opposes a moralizing interpretation, instead highlighting the redemptive work accomplished through Christ’s victory over sin. Through a careful examination of Jesus as the obedient Son and true Israel, this episode reveals the layers of meaning in these biblical narratives, connecting them to broader themes of redemption, covenant theology, and the Christian life. As we understand Jesus’ role as the mediator who binds and spoils the strong man, this episode encourages believers to find their identity in Christ, resting in his victorious work on our behalf.


  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 04:44 Jesus’ Temptation as a Prime Example of His Earthly Ministry
  • 08:43 The Wilderness Temptation
  • 17:10 The Temple Temptation
  • 23:05 The Mountain Temptation
  • 28:44 The Emphases of Matthew and Luke
  • 38:38 Overcoming in Jesus and Entering Paradise
  • 45:01 Looking Ahead
  • 48:11 Conclusion

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