I have been reading Mathew 4:1-11. Here I would like to write what I think about the whole thing. I am in no way authorized to interpret the Bible so proceed with caution.
I feel strongly that the three temptations of Jesus are a depiction of the three powerful weapons that Satan possesses over us.
After 40 days of fasting in the desert Jesus was hungry.
1. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Here we see that the despite being the Son of God, Jesus was tempted on account of his human nature and weakness. Whence he was hungry and desperate the tempter asks him to commit a sin to escape his misery. Jesus says : ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’ and refutes the tempter.
2. Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’
Here Satan uses his powers of confusion and does not even hesitate the Scripture in the hope to cause Jesus to commit sin. This refers to false ideologies that can take control over our brain and cause us to transgress. But the solution is also clear : “Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” There is enough and more written in the Scripture to cause you to believe. If your heart is pure and free from ego, hatred and in search of truth as opposed to personal vendettas or crusades you are destined to find the one and only Truth.
3. Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Here Satan hopes that the Son of God would commit sin in the hope of attaining earthly pleasures. This is a huge advantage for Satan as he can promise us immediate pleasure and only path for us to take is focus our eyes on the prize and soldier on for delayed gratification.