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Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name (Psalm 103:1).

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Adam was tempted in a beautiful garden, with a profusion of trees, beautiful to the eyes, an aesthetic delight. From these trees and the lush attendant vegetation was an abundance of food. Adam had no lack of resources, only one commandment to keep, with the run of the place. Yet he fell into sin. Jesus, on the other hand, was tempted when utterly alone, in a desert, bereft and without resources. Having gone without sustenance for forty days and at his weakest, he faced the devil and triumphed. Adam disobeyed God’s word; Jesus submitted to it (Robert Letham, Systematic Theology, 552)

O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
a second Adam to the fight,
and to our rescue came.

O wisest love!–that flesh and blood,
which did in Adam fail,
should strive afresh against the foe,
should strive and should prevail.

– John Henry Newman, “Praise to the Holiest in the Height”