Matthew 4:11

11 Then the Devil left Jesus; and angels came and helped him.

Matthew 4:11 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 4:11

Then the devil leaveth him
In ( Luke 4:13 ) it says,

when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him
for a season, or until a season.
That is, having tempted him with all sorts of temptations, and tried him every way to no purpose; having gone through, and finished the whole scheme and course of temptations he had devised, without success; and having orders from Christ to depart, which he was obliged to obey, leaves him for a while, till another opportunity of tempting him in some other way should offer; or till the time came, when he should be so far able to get the advantage of him, as to bruise his heel, or bring him to the dust of death; see ( John 14:30 ) ( Luke 22:53 ) and when he was gone, better company came in his room;

behold, angels came and ministered to him.
They came to him in a visible, human form, as they were used to do under the Old Testament dispensation, and that after the temptation was over; after Satan was foiled, and was gone; that it might appear that Christ alone had got the victory over him, without any help or assistance from them. When they were come, they "ministered to him"; that is, they brought him food of their own preparing and dressing, as they formerly did to Elijah, ( 1 Kings 19:5 1 Kings 19:6 1 Kings 19:7 1 Kings 19:8 ) to satisfy his hunger, and refresh his animal spirits; which had underwent a very great fatigue during this length of time, in which he fasted, and was tempted by Satan. Thus, as the angels are ministring spirits to the heirs of salvation, both in a temporal and in a spiritual sense, ( Hebrews 1:14 ) so they were to Christ. Nothing is more frequent with the Jews than to call the angels (trvh ykalm) "ministring angels": it would be needless and endless to refer to particular places.

Matthew 4:11 In-Context

9 "All this I will give you," the Devil said, "if you kneel down and worship me."
10 Then Jesus answered, "Go away, Satan! The scripture says, "Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!' "
11 Then the Devil left Jesus; and angels came and helped him.
12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he went away to Galilee.
13 He did not stay in Nazareth, but went to live in Capernaum, a town by Lake Galilee, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali.
Scripture taken from the Good News Translation - Second Edition, Copyright 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.