Luke 4:3-4 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”
Jesus’ example of quoting scripture in teaching and conversation makes a difference.
According to Steve Moyise’s book, “Jesus and Scripture,” the top four books of the Old Testament quoted by Jesus are:
#4 Exodus (7 quotes) including: Luke 18:20 (Ex. 20:12-16) You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”
#3 Isaiah (8 quotes) including: Luke 8:10 (Is 6:9-10) And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.’
#2 Deuteronomy (10 quotes) including: Luke 4:4 (Deut. 6:13) But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”
#1 Psalms (11 quotes) including: Luke 20:42-43 (Ps 8:2) Now David himself said in the Book of Psalms:‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, 43 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”’
Scripture is Jesus’ starting point and His belief. He accepted scripture – He willingly received scripture! He submitted to scripture – He yielded to the authority of scripture! He complied with scripture – He conformed as scripture required!
Since Jesus’ example of quoting scripture in teaching and conversation makes a difference, I Want to Say, “It is Written!” In fact, I’m going to say more often, “It is written!”