Matthew 16:4. “A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And He left them, and departed.”
The fact that the Pharisees and Sadducees, who hated each other, were lumped into the description of a wicked and adulterous generation must have really ignited their tempers. They considered themselves above the rabble. They were learned, “holy,” the arbiters of all things lawful and unlawful. Jesus said they were part of a wicked and adulterous time in the history of Israel.
It’s not the first time the Israelites focused more on the weather than they did on the Word. We in America today certainly spend a lot of time considering the weather, don’t we? And we ignore the Word unless we can turn it to our own advantage. We’d better wake up. We’re no different, no better, than they were.
The reason they couldn’t discern the signs of the times was because they were wicked and adulterous!
Sometimes, after I’ve been on the computer too long, it seems as if there’s a film over my eyes. I hope it’s not cataracts or something, but it does seem to go away when I leave the computer. That film over my eyes makes it hard for me to see clearly, so I have to look elsewhere for awhile to give my eyes a rest and let my vision come clear again.
If we look too long on the things of the world, our spiritual vision can film over so that we can’t see clearly. We need to look away from the world and all it offers, and get our eyes back on the Word, back on the Lord.
The sign of the prophet Jonas is the only sign they would get. What was it? Jonah was cast into the sea to save the innocent. He spent three days and nights in the belly of a great fish (phew!) and then was burped up onto dry land and went about his appointed work.
Jesus would die for the guilty; the Innocent for the wicked. He would spend three days and nights in the grave, and then He would rise again and go back to the Father.
Would the Sadducees and Pharisees understand that sign?
What do you think?