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Mar 21, 2021

▪️ But he answered and said,
It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. - Matthew 4:4

🛑 The Devil who had begun to despair when he saw that Christ fasted forty days,
now again began to hope when he saw that “he was an hungred;” and “then the tempter came to him.”
If then you shall have fasted and after been tempted, say not, I have lost the fruit of my fast;
for though it have not availed to hinder temptation, it will avail to hinder you from being overcome by temptation.

But as the Devil blinds all men, so is he now invisibly made blind by Christ.

He found Him “an hungred” at the end of forty days, and knew not that He had continued through those forty without being hungry.

When he suspected Him notto be the Son of God, he considered not that the mighty Champion can descend tothings that be weak, but the weak cannot ascend to things that are high. We may more readily infer from His not being “an hungred” for so many days that He is God, than from His being “anhungred” after that time that He is man.

But it may be said, Moses and Elias fasted forty days, and were men. But they hungred and endured, He for the space of forty days hungred not, but afterwards.

To be hungry and yet refuse food is within the endurance of man; not be hungry belongs to the Divine nature only.

ST. John Chrysostom

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