And immediately the spirit drives him into the wilderness.…
I. SATAN, THE PRINCE OF DEVILS. Numbers of his agents. His apostasy, and ruin of man. His power on earth, a kingdom. Organized. Long almost undisputed.
II. CHRIST CAME TO DISPUTE HIS AUTHORITY. Took an affecting view of human vassalage.
III. SATAN, AWARE OF HIS ADVENT, UNDERTOOK TO CONDUCT HIS TEMPTATION. Made His life an incessant conflict.
IV. THE DEFEAT OF SATAN QUITE RECONCILABLE WITH HIS PRESENT PREVALENCE.
V. Called a spirit, TO EXCITE OUR VIGILANCE. An unclean spirit, to awaken our antipathy. His influence over the heart, great. But only exercised with our consent.
VI. THE PERIOD OF HIS REIGN LIMITED.
(J. Harris, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.