Sunday, February 6, 2022
Some Bad Yeast
16 1-4 Some Pharisees and Sadducees badgered him again, pressing him to prove himself to them. He told them, “You have a saying that goes, ‘Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky at morning, sailors take warning.’ You find it easy enough to forecast the weather—why can’t you read the signs of the times? An evil and wanton generation is always wanting signs and wonders. The only sign you’ll get is the Jonah sign.” Then he spun around and walked away.
5-6 On their way to the other side of the lake, the disciples discovered they had forgotten to bring along bread. In the meantime, Jesus said to them, “Keep a sharp eye out for Pharisee-Sadducee yeast.”
-Matthew 16:1-6 The Message
Pharisees and Sadducees Test Jesus
16 Verse 1: The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and putting Jesus to the test, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven.
Verse 1 study: The Pharisees and Sadducees were Jewish religious leaders from two different parties with two different points of view which they opposed a lot of. The one side, the Pharisees, followed their religious rules and traditions carefully, believing this is their way to God. They believed in the authority of all Scripture and in the resurrecting dead. The other side, the Sadducees, accepted books only of Moses as Scripture and didn’t believe in life after death. In Jesus, these two groups had a common enemy, and they joined forces to try to kill him.
The Pharisees and Sadducees demanded that they see a sign from heaven. they tried to explain away Jesus’ other miracles as sleight of hand, coincidence, or use of evil power. Jesus could have impressed them, but he didn’t do that. The reason he didn’t is he knew that a miracle in the sky would not convince them he was the Messiah since they decided not to believe in him.
Verse 2: But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’
Verse 3: And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but are you unable to discern the signs of the times?
Verse 4: An evil and adulterous generation want a sign; and so a sign will not be given to it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.
Verse 4 study: By using the sign of Jonah, who was inside a great fish for three days, Jesus was predicting his death and resurrection.
Chapter 12 verses 38-42: 38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” 39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves a sign, and so no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet; 40 for just as Jonah was in the stomach of the sea monster for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. 42 The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
Many people wanted to see a miracle to believe. Jesus knew a miracle would not make them believers because they are skeptical. Jesus has been performing all kinds of miracles, healing, raising people from the dead, feeding thousands, but they still wanted to see a miracle by proving himself. Do you doubt because you don’t see a miracle yourself? Do you expect God to prove himself to you for you to believe? John 20:29, Jesus said, “Blessed are they who do not see, and yet believed.” We all have the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament, 2,000 years of church history, and witnesses of thousands. The evidence at hand, for those who don’t believe, is either too proud or too stubborn. Take a step forward in faith and believe in Him. You will see the miracles that God can do with you.
Verse 5: And the disciples came to the other side of the sea, but they had forgotten to bring any bread.
Verse 6: And Jesus said to them, “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”