I was skimming through some theological themes from the gospels in a book by Darrell Bock (Jesus, According to Scripture) and I ran into an aha moment. Actually, I didn’t think much of it at the time because I was absorbing dozens of ideas from four or five books. Then, about an hour after I read it, it came back to mind.
Bock made a comment about the proximity of two concepts in the gospel of Luke that I had never thought about before:
Yeshua . . . the son of Adam, the son of God. (Luke 3:38).
And Yeshua, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. (Luke 4:1-2).
What could be the message of having the temptation story come right after the genealogy that traces Yeshua back to Adam, the son of God?
It’s the same kind of theology we find in Paul in more than one place:
For as in Adam all die, so also in Messiah shall all be made alive. (1 Cor. 15:22).
Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. (1 Cor. 15:45).
sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin . . . death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. (Rom. 5:12, 14).
Yeshua, the descendant of Adam, we are reminded in Luke, did what Adam was unable to do. He resisted the temptation and chose God.
It’s a beautiful example of theology embedded in story.