My question is whether it is possible John the Baptist was tempted by Satan in the same way Jesus was. Just as Moses wasn’t able to see the promised land, I am wondering if there is symbolism here between that and John not seeing the fulfillment of the new covenant. Now I have to mention that this would mean that John failed in the way he was tempted by Satan and I am well aware of that, but I believe John wasn’t tempted with the same things that Jesus was.
I am drawing from several things.
Matt. 11:11 (ESVS) ¶ Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
John 1:26 (ESVS) John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know,
John 1:27 (ESVS) even whe who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.”
John 13:5 (ESVS) Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
So in this way Jesus was ushering in a new covenant.
Matt. 3:11 (ESVS) ¶ “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Matt. 3:3 (ESVS) For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said,
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare2 the way of the Lord;
make his paths straight.’”
Matt. 3:4 (ESVS) ¶ Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
So John lived in the desert and I can’t help thinking of the symbolism of Moses & Joshua and John & Jesus.