But He answered and said, It is written, "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.''
The newly anointed King confronted the enemy’s temptation not by His own word, but by the word of the Scriptures, quoting Deuteronomy 8:3. This word indicates that the Lord Jesus took the word of God in the Scriptures as His bread and lived on it. The Greek word translated “word” in verse 4 is rhema. Rhema, the instant word, differs from logos, the constant word. In this temptation, all the words quoted from Deuteronomy by the Lord were logos, the constant word in the Scriptures. But when He quoted them, they became rhema, the instant word applied to His situation.