I just finished reading Peter Leithartâ€™s article â€œKeep the Fast, Keep the Feast,â€ posted at First Things. This is quite an amazing piece of work. Leithart has some helpful points reflecting on both church history and Scriptures, and he provides some great examples of how to do biblical-theological interpretation. Leithart blogs here, and he pointed out that the article is already translated into German! Take a moment and read the whole thing (in English, of course!).
Also, read the following excerpt from the article at least:
Jesus is the Last Adam because He keeps the fast. He enters a world that is no longer a garden, but a howling waste, and in that wilderness Satan tempts Him to break the fast, to be an Adam: â€œYouâ€™re hungry; eat this now. You deserve the accolades of the crowds; you can have it now if you jump off the temple. You want all authority in heaven and on earth, but your Father wonâ€™t give that to you unless you suffer an excruciating, shameful death; you can have it all now, no cross or self-denial required. Itâ€™s yours, and you only need to do a bit of bowing. Life, glory, power, everything you want, everything you deserveâ€”you can have it all now.â€
Jesus refused, and refused, and then refused again, and in so doing broke the power of Adamic sin. Jesus kept the fast; he waited, labored, suffered, died, and then opened his hand to receive all the life, glory, honor, authority, and dominion that his Father had to give Him. He kept the fast and as a result was admitted to the fullness of the kingdomâ€™s feastâ€”because by that time both it and he were ready. And by resisting the devil, Jesus sets the pattern of true fasting and reveals a Lenten way of life.