a. Tempt 3985 means to PROVE OR TEST someone

Apostle John used Tempt 3985  in the miracle in which Jesus fed five thousand people with five barley loaves and two small fishes.  Was Jesus trying to tempt the disciples with the “unreasonable” question?    No. He knew already how to provide for the people, but was testing the disciples’ response to the situation.  Would they panic, ask  for a miracle or deal with the situation in the natural realm? 
When Jesus then lifted up [his] eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
And this he said to prove3985 him: for he himself knew what he would do (John 6: 5 & 6). 
The situation can be best understood from the corresponding accounts. Apostle Matthew wrote that Jesus had gone into the wilderness to mourn the death of his cousin John. The people found Him and He healed them in compassion, diverting His attention to their immediate needs.    The disciples asked the Lord later in the day to send the people away to eat. Jesus responded by telling them to feed the crowd. They exclaimed that they only had these five barley loaves and two fishes!
Their response showed the Lord that they were not quite ready to walk in the realm of the supernatural without prompting (Matthew 14: 12 – 18; Luke 9: 10 – 13).
b.Tempt 3985 means to be tried  or tested, a synonym for “prove”
Apostle Paul revealed that God tried  or tested Abraham to see whether or not he would trust to the point of killing his only son.  This meaning is in keeping with God proving the believer in the same way that a teacher tests a student to see if they would give the answer to the problem:
By faith Abraham, when he was tried3985, offered up Isaac … (Hebrews 11: 17).
The word tried is also used to indicate that the believer should use biblical criteria in the scriptures to determine genuineness of those who say they are apostles:
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried3985 them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars (Revelation 2: 2)
c. Tempt 3985 means to submit to an examination
Apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthian church exhorted them to
Examine3985  yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2 Corinthians 13: 5/KJV)
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?  (NIV)
The Apostle had earlier exhorted the believers to avoid sins such as “envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults” (2 Cor 2: 20). He recommended self-examination as a means of identifying and repenting from wicked ways. We need to adhere to this exhortation today.
d. Conclusion
The Word reveals that God proves or tries the believer. Examine is another synonym for Tempt 3985  These concepts may help us to understand more of what transpired in the temptation of  the Lord Jesus by satan.
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