The Temptation Narrative Contrasted with Eden

“Jesus Christ came to be what Paul called the last Adam and the second man (1 Cor. 15:45, 47). He came to undo what Adam had done by his sin and fall. But if he was to reverse what Adam had done, he needed to enter into the world not as Adam found it but as Adam had left it. So when he was tempted, he was not in a garden, like Adam. He was not, like Adam, surrounded by the animals over which he exercised dominion (Gen. 1:28). He was in a desert, surrounded by wild beasts. It was in a fallen, broken, sinful, disintegrating world that Jesus faced temptation and the powers of darkness, in order to win for his people a way back to the Tree of Life.”

-Sinclair Ferguson, Let’s Study Mark


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