Signs of the Times

 
One of Jesus’ many encounters with the Pharisees, this one had the Sadducees as well, because the competing sects of Judaism were unified in trying to trap Jesus.  Here they are asking Jesus for a sign from heaven.  “He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.”  These leaders know the meteorological signs used to predict the weather, but as students of their faith they are failing miserably.  Prophecy after prophecy has been fulfilled around and in front of them, yet they are completely oblivious to these “signs of the times.”  Reminds me of the birth of Jesus, when the pagan Magi connected the dots and recognized the signs of the Messiahs arrival, as opposed to the Jews who were actually waiting for him but instead went on about their business as the one they were waiting for was born in a cave with the animals.


“An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.”    These religious groups were all about the letter of the law, but their hearts were hardened.  They are looking for a sign when the signs are all around them.  So they will be given the sign of Jonah – the sign of Jesus resurrection. Just as Jonah was eaten by the fish (whale?), swallowed for three days, then spit back out on the beach, so Jesus was killed, buried for three days, then rose again!!  And yes, most of these these religious leaders missed that sign too!!

Makes me wonder..,what signs are we missing??


“And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:1-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/mat.16.1-4.esv

John Lewis

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