The Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 12:38-50

38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”

What sign are they looking for?




They are looking for a sign for their agenda

Four postures that humankind has used to manage our fear and lack of control: life under God, life over God, life from God, and life for God; all of these are a sad consequence of life after Eden.

- Skye Jethani (From the book “With”)

39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here. 42 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here.

Pharisee Reminder

The most evil of nations repented

The queens of foreign lands sought God’s wisdom

I am going to cause every nation to return to me

And my wisdom is greater than all of human wisdom

43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

You are manipulating the interactions with God for your own perceived gain

And in the end all you will be full of is the enemies of God

If you remove evil out of your life but never invite God in…

Your life is still open and available for anything come in

This means the Pharisees are not actually on God's team but parading as such

46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

This is Jesus revealing how much He cares about the world

This is Jesus inviting everyone to turn to Him

This is Jesus inviting everyone to come and learn His wisdom

This is Jesus inviting everyone to join in the divine lineage and heritage of the redemptive story of God

To live not under God, or Over God, not even from Him or for Him

But with Him as Family