It is stated in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke that during the 40 day period Christ was tempted by The Devil/Satan but not many other details are given. In the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 58:1-12), the Prophet Isaiah highlights what a pleasing and acceptable fast is according to The Creator. In order for his fast to be acceptable unto The Creator, what was Yahshua/Jesus doing during that period? Are there any stories, commentaries, articles, and/or resources that highlight or discuss what was going on during his 40 days? Thank you.

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    No other details are given in scripture and there are none that appear to be prophetic concerning that period of time. It was a time of voluntary deprivation, when Jesus made himself vulnerable to the temptation which was to try him to the utmost. Any attempt at conjecture would be merely an expression of opinion. Jesus authorised only his own chosen apostles to convey spiritual matters concerning himself. When none do so, no more can be said.
    – Nigel J
    Apr 10 at 8:11
  • @Nigel As always I appreciate your taking to respond beloved. Being how there are no scriptures detailing the experience and none that appear to be prophetic what brings you to believe that it was voluntary?
    – user51919
    Apr 10 at 17:07
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    Actually, you raise a point there. Mark 1:12 The Spirit drove him into the wilderness. But I take that, it being the Spirit, this is not an involuntary or unwilling 'being driven'. Rather, the influences of the Spirit are within one's own spirit. And I see no difference in this in Jesus' case (in his humanity). There is influence and there is response. It is not being 'forced' but being 'driven' of an influence. (Up-voted +1.)
    – Nigel J
    Apr 10 at 18:42

The Bible tells us that after Jesus was baptised in the Jordan (Matthew 3:13) he was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness and fasted for forty days and nights. The purpose of this period of total fasting was to prepare him for the ministry that would change the world.

Satan offered Jesus alternatives to God’s plan, compromises that would satisfy His natural desires, and attacks upon His very identity as the Son of God (Matthew 4:3). Jesus used the Word of God, not His own strength, to defeat those temptations and remain victorious over sin. Jesus demonstrated that fasting can strengthen us spiritually when we use it to draw closer to God.

After Jesus’ fast, the devil left Him and “angels came and attended him” (Matthew 4:11). Luke 4:14 concludes the account of this testing time by saying, “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit.” He had conquered temptation and was ready to embrace the purpose for which the Father had sent Him. He would not rely on His humanity to perform miracles, deliver the oppressed, or defeat death. Fasting was a way to declare mastery over His human nature so that He would live every moment directed by the “power of the Spirit” (Luke 10:21).

Moses and Elijah took part in miraculous, forty-day absolute fasts. When Moses met God on the mountaintop to receive the tablets of stone, he ate no bread and drank no water (Deuteronomy 9:9). And, after Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, infuriating Queen Jezebel, Elijah fled for his life and spent forty days of fasting in the wilderness (1 Kings 19).

This type of fasting is quite different to the fasting described in Isaiah chapter 58. The nation of Israel was rebellious and had sinned against the LORD. Although they cried out for justice their hypocritical actions and injustice made a mockery of their fasting and apparent humility. That is why Isaiah had to rebuke them. Not so with Jesus, who was without sin and was the Son of God.

You ask what Jesus did during these 40 days in the wilderness. He fasted, he prayed and he resisted temptation. The following commentary (by Matthew Henry) regarding the events in the wilderness is helpful. It is a lengthy and detailed commentary, which concludes:

Christ was thus succoured after the temptation, [1.] For his encouragement to go on in his undertaking, that he might see the powers of heaven siding with him, when he saw the powers of hell set against him. [2.] For our encouragement to trust in him; for as he knew, by experience, what it was to suffer, being tempted, and how hard that was, so he knew what it was to be succoured, being tempted, and how comfortable that was; and therefore we may expect, not only that he will sympathize with his tempted people, but that he will come in with seasonable relief to them; as our great Melchizedec, who met Abraham when he returned from the battle, and as the angels here ministered to him.

Lastly, Christ, having been thus signalized and made great in the invisible world by the voice of the Father, the descent of the Spirit, his victory over devils, and his dominion over angels, was doubtless qualified to appear in the visible world as the Mediator between God and man; for consider how great this man was!

Source: https://www.christianity.com/bible/commentary.php?com=mh&b=40&c=4

  • First and foremost I thank The Most High for you even sharing and having it in your heart give your insight into the matter. Concerning Isaiah 58 what leads you to believe that there are different types of fast? I see it as your end goal may be different but your approach within it (sincerity, dedication, etc) must be pure which I believe is the primary basis for all fasts. Also, the assumption is that he prayed (I believe it to be true as well) but is that all he did (resisted temptation as well)?
    – user51919
    Apr 10 at 17:18
  • Yes, I make an assumption that Jesus was in communication with his Father (through the Spirit and in prayer. I would not care to speculate any further.
    – Lesley
    Apr 11 at 11:47

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