Daily Bible Nugget #830, Matthew 4:4


The Nugget:

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

My Comment:

To stay alive spiritually we must live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Those words are found only in the Bible. Our Lord Jesus Christ expects us to regularly read and study the written word of God.

Our Lord Jesus Christ quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 as recorded in Matthew 4:4 in response to the Tempter or Satan (Matthew 4:3) who challenged Jesus when Jesus was very hungry after fasting for forty days in the wilderness (Matthew 4:2), saying:

Mat 4:3  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

Notice that Satan said, “If thou be the Son of God.” The underlying Greek text uses what is called the First Class Condition of “if,” which assumes the condition to be true. By the use of “if,” Satan was not calling into question whether in fact Jesus is the Son of God; rather, he assumes this to be true.

Greek has four different kinds or classes of the word “if.” I have marked these as carefully as I could in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury in a note at Matthew 4:9. The different classes of “if” represent different degrees of “ifyness.” Most interesting to me is the class which means contrary to fact or impossible.

Notice that Jesus answered the Devil by citing Scripture to refute him. This ought to be a lesson to us on how important it is to know the Scriptures. Remember how James wrote that we are to resist the Devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7).

There is still more truth to glean from Matthew 4:4. There are two commonly used Greek words, logos and rhema translated by the same English word word. Understanding the important difference between these two Greek words opens up a whole new world of understanding, especially when reading Hebrews chapter 11, starting with the use of rhema at Hebrews 11:3.

Many thanks are due to Ken Sagely for allowing me to share his encouraging Facebook post.

From Ken Sagely’s Facebook Post:


And He humbled thee,
and suffered thee to hunger,
and fed thee with manna,
which thou knowest not,
neither did thy fathers know;
that He might make thee know;
that man doth not live by bread only,
but by every word
that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord

doth man live.

This book of the law
shall not depart out of thy mouth;
but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,
that thou mayest observe to do
according to all that is written therein:
for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous,

and then thou shalt have good success.

JOB 23.12
Neither have I gone back
from the commandment of His lips;
I have esteemed the words of His mouth

more than my necessary food.

PSALM 119.11
Thy word have I hid in mine heart,

that I might not sin against Thee.

O earth, earth, earth,

hear the Word of the Lord,

Jesus answered and said unto them,
Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures,

nor the power of God.

1 PETER 2.2
As newborn babes,
desire the sincere milk of the word,

that ye may grow thereby.


ye saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith
in His excellent Word! What more can He
say than to you He hath said—To you, who
for refuge to Jesus have fled? When thru
fiery fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My
grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply ‘
the flame shall not hurt thee–I only design
thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
What more can He say than to you He hath

said—-To you, who for refuge to Jesus have fled.

For Deeper Study:

Matthew 4:4
It is written. The appeal is not to the spoken voice (Mat 3:17) but to the written Word (CB). T1034, Mat 4:6, 7; Mat 4:10, **Mat 22:29, +*Psa 119:11, Mar 12:10, Luk 4:4; Luk 4:8; Luk 4:12, Joh 7:42; Joh 17:8; Joh 17:14; Joh 17:17, +*Rom 15:4, *Eph 6:17, Heb 10:7, 8.

Man. Mat 6:25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34. *>Deut 8:3, Luk 4:4, Joh 4:31, 32, 33, 34; Joh 6:49, 50, 51.

not live. Isa 38:16, Dan 1:15.

bread. FS171, +Gen 3:19. Mat 4:3, Mat 6:11; Mat 6:31; +*Mat 24:45, Gen 42:2, 1Ki 17:4.

but. Mat 14:16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, Exo 16:8; Exo 16:15; Exo 16:35; Exo 23:15, 1Ki 17:12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 2Ki 4:42, 43, 44; 2Ki 7:1, 2, Hag 2:16, 17, 18, 19, Mal 3:9, 10, 11, Mar 6:38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44; Mar 8:4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Joh 6:5, etc., Joh 6:31, etc., Joh 6:63.

by. T1047, Deut 8:3. Note: That is, as Dr. Campbell renders, “by every thing which God is pleased to appoint;” for rama, which generally signifies a word, is, by a Hebraism, here taken for a thing, like davar, in Hebrew.

every word. Gr. rhēma (S# G4487, Mar 9:32 note). (Mat 5:11). Mat 12:36; Mat 18:16; Mat 26:75; Mat 27:14, +Mar 9:32 note. Mar 14:72, (Luk 1:37), Luk 1:65; Luk 2:15 (thing), Luk 2:17; Luk 2:19 (things), Luk 2:29; Luk 2:50, 51; Luk 3:2; Luk 5:5; Luk 7:1; Luk 9:45; Luk 18:34; Luk 20:26; Luk 24:8; Luk 24:11, Joh 3:34; Joh 5:47; Joh 6:63; Joh 6:68; Joh 8:20; Joh 8:47; Joh 10:21; Joh 12:47, 48; Joh 14:10; Joh 15:7; Joh 17:8, Act 2:14; Act 5:20; Act 5:32 (things). Act 6:11; Act 6:13, Act 10:22; Act 10:37; Act 10:44; Act 11:14; Act 11:16; Act 13:42; Act 16:38; Act 26:25; Act 28:25, Rom 10:8; Rom 10:17, 18, 2Co 12:4; 2Co 13:1, Eph 5:26; Eph 6:17, Heb 1:3; Heb 6:5; **Heb 11:3 note; Heb 12:19 a. 1Pe 1:25, 2Pe 3:2, Jud 1:17, Rev 17:17.

of God. Deut 32:47, +*Jos 1:8, =1Sa 21:9, +*Job 23:12, *Psa 17:4; **Psa 119:11, Isa 38:16, +*Jer 15:16, +*Joh 5:39; *Joh 6:63, 1Co 3:15, *Eph 6:17, **Heb 4:12, 1Pe 4:18, Rev 19:15.

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