Date: March 1, 2020
Bible Text: Matthew 4:1-11 | Bart Smith
This is both a very real exterior adventure beyond the margins of society and an interior passage of cleansing. Yet the journey to/in the "spirit world" is also a sojourn through mythic time, in order to encounter the story and destiny of one's self and one's people. That this sojourn lasted "forty days" (Lk 4:2) is clearly intended to invoke Israel's forty year wanderings in the wilderness after Egypt. But what exactly is the connection? Jesus is somehow interiorizing the experience of his people… he is mystically re-tracing the footsteps of Israel in order to discover where the journey of his nation went wrong.
-Ched Myers, “Led by the Spirit into the wilderness... Reflections on Lent, Jesus’ Temptations and Indigeneity”