Matthew 16 part 1–The Sign

It was apparent that the religious leaders were not going to be convinced.  They came to Jesus demanding a sign from God. Hmmm let’s see—heal the sick, raise the dead, walk on water, feed 5000, cast out demons, calm the storm, feed 4000—just not much there.  The Pharisees were not looking for a sign, they were looking for a mistake.  They wanted to trip the Lord up so they could maintain the status quo. They were so bent on Jesus destruction that they refused to see and acknowledge much of God’s mighty handiwork. They were unwilling to simply believe and submit. So, Jesus refused to humor them.  He would show them a great sign—the sign of Jonah—Yea Easter!

Today, the world does the same.  We all promise to follow willingly and without question if we could see one more sign. God’s response is similar—there are plenty out there.  Follow me and they will become apparent.  Our greatest reminder is the spirit within  us.  The spirit guides, encourages and strengthens us with the truth,  Yet, we are constantly looking for another answer that we can employ that will allow us to make our own story.  Look at the amazing evidence that God is real and personal in your life.  Then cling to that truth and allow him to mold and make you into all he wants you to be.  We do not need another sign—we simply need to follow humbly.  Help me, Lord to follow and believe you and allow the spirit to do its work in my daily life.

God Bless You

16 The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.2 He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ 3 and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.[a] 4 A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.

5 When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. 6 “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

7 They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.”

8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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