Tag: sign of Jonah

Thankful for strong preachers!

Scripture reading for October 17th:  Matthew 12-16

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 12:39-41  “He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign!  But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.  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.  The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented a the preaching of Jonah, and now One greater than Jonah is here.””

The Son of God, Jesus Christ used the prophet Jonah as an example of strong preaching and as a type of His own life, death and resurrection.  The Ninevites repented in sack-cloth and ashes at Jonah’s preaching and were spared God’s imminent wrath .  The people listening to the Son of God would be condemned for their lack of response by the people of Nineveh!  Jesus would give them the ultimate miraculous sign, resurrection from the grave after three days!

Thankful for powerful preachers:  “But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.”  (Jonah 1:17)  “Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. . . . .He proclaimed: “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.”  The Ninevites believed God.  they declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sack-cloth.”  (Jonah 3:3-5)

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“Who do you say that I am?”

Scripture reading for January 22nd:  Matthew 16

“The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested Him by asking Him to show them a sign from heaven.”  (Matthew 16:1)  The religious people of Jesus’ time struggled with the miracles and teaching of Jesus.  They were not satisfied with His teaching from Scripture or His miraculous power.  They had attributed the power to Beelzebub and now wanted more proof that He was from God.  Jesus spoke plainly to them about their ability to discern the weather from looking at the clouds but their failure to believe His miracles!  “A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.  Jesus then left them and went away.”  (Matthew 16:4)

These leaders had Jesus right in front of them and had seen miracles and heard Him teach with authority.  The only sign that would be given them was the sign of Jonah.  Jesus spoke of this same sign earlier when He explained that, “as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man would be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”  (Matthew 12:40)  He spoke of His death, burial and resurrection as a primary sign of who He was: The Son of Man!

Later, Jesus asked His disciples:  “Who do you say that I am?”  (Matthew 16:15)  Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16)  Knowing who Jesus really is comes from revelation!  Revelation comes from a humble and teachable heart that seeks truth.   Settle the question in your own heart today!  Quit seeking signs and believe the Word of God!  Jesus rose from the grave and is alive today!

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A personal belief!

Scripture reading for October 10th: Matthew 16-19

The Pharisees and Sadducees were two groups of religious people that came to Jesus to test Him and sought to discredit Him. (Matthew 16:1-4) One day, they asked Jesus for a sign from heaven to confirm that He was Messiah.   Jesus had just fed the 5000 with the loaves and fishes and had been doing many other miracles!  (Matthew 14:16-21)  Miracles don’t always convince people of truth!

Jesus’ response was to rebuke them.  He told them that a wicked and adulterous generation would seek a sign.  They would only be given the sign of Jonah, the prophet.  He warned His followers to watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees.  Jesus explained that the yeast was their teaching that would lead them and others away from the truth He was sharing.

They then traveled to Caesarea Philippi, an area at the source of the Jordan River.   Jesus asked His disciples some key questions.  “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”  (Matthew 16:13)  They told him various answers that were common among the people of that day. Jesus then asked them the most important question, “Who do you say that I am?”  (Matthew 16:15)  Simon Peter immediately answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  (Matthew 16:16)  Jesus commended him for his answer.  The Father had revealed this truth to him!

What conclusion have you come to regarding the identity of Jesus Christ?  Is He someone who must show you one more “sign” before you will believe?  Are you skeptical that He is the Son of God?  Do you just feel that He is a prophet sent from God?  All of these responses were present when Jesus walked the earth and was doing miraculous signs.  Human reasoning and visual proof are well and good, but truth comes by revelation from God the Father.  Revelation comes when we are humble and teachable enough to believe.  Faith is the key ingredient, and that is a gift from God!  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Jesus concluded his remarks to Peter and the disciples after this discussion with a promise to build His church on ‘this rock’.  The “rock” was Peter’s confession of who Christ was, not Peter himself.  It is the only secure foundation for eternal life!

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The sign of Jonah!

Scripture reading for April 5th: Luke 11:14-36

Jesus’ ministry was marked by supernatural power.  He was a man of prayer who sought God for instructions each day and then walked out what God showed Him to do.  He did not play to the crowd, doing miraculous signs just to please those who watched.  He wasn’t into popularity or fame, but instead was solely focused on His Father’s will.

There were those who were skeptical of Jesus’ spiritual power to cast out demons.  After the miraculous deliverance of a mute man, some accused Him of casting out these devils by the power of Beelzebub, the prince of demons.  Still others wanted to see more signs and the crowds grew in anticipation of a greater show of power.  (Luke 11:14-16) “As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation.  It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.  For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.” “ (Luke 11:29-30)

Jesus did not take the popular approach and perform some more miracles for these skeptical people.  He gave them a word picture from the Scriptures about one of their prophets, Jonah, who was running from God and His purpose for his life.  A great storm came upon the boat as he fled and the result was Jonah thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish. (Jonah 2:14-17)   Jonah spent three days and nights in the belly of that fish before being vomited out on the shores of Nineveh.  The Ninevites repented at his preaching and were spared disaster.  (Jonah 3:4-10)  (Matthew 12:39-41)

The major sign Jesus would give these skeptical people was His own death, burial, and resurrection.  On the third day He would rise from the dead and His resurrection would proclaim He was a greater prophet than Jonah.  These people would be judged for their rejection of His message of repentance. “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 One greater than Jonah is here.” (Luke 11:32)

Be careful about seeking more signs that Jesus is Messiah.  Believe the grand sign, Jesus Christ alive from the dead after three days!  His death and resurrection prove His power and declare He is the Son of God!  (Romans 1:4)

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The sign of Jonah!

Scripture reading for April 5th: Luke 11:14-36

Jesus’ ministry was marked by supernatural power.  He was a man of prayer who sought God for instructions each day and then walked out what God showed Him to do.  He did not play to the crowd, doing miraculous signs just to please those who watched.  He wasn’t into popularity or fame, but instead was solely focused on His Father’s will.

There were those who were sceptical of Jesus’ spiritual power to cast out demons.  After the miraculous deliverance of a mute man, some accused Him of casting out these devils by the power of Beelzebub, the prince of demons.  Still others wanted to see more signs and the crowds grew in anticipation of a greater show of power.  (Luke 11:14-16) “As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation.  It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.  For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.” ” (Luke 11:29-30)

Jesus did not take the popular approach and perform some more miracles for these skeptical people.  He gave them a word picture from the Scriptures about one of their prophets, Jonah, who was running from God and His purpose for his life.  A great storm came upon the boat as he fled and the result was Jonah thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish. (Jonah 2:14-17)   Jonah spent three days and nights in the belly of that fish before being vomited out on the shores of Nineveh.  The Ninevites repented at his preaching and were spared disaster.  (Jonah 3:4-10)  (Matthew 12:39-41)

The major sign Jesus would give these skeptical people was His own death, burial, and resurrection.  On the third day He would rise from the dead and His resurrection would proclaim He was a greater prophet than Jonah.  These people would be judged for their rejection of His message of repentance.  “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 One greater than Jonah is here.” (Luke 11:32)

Be careful of seeking more signs that Jesus is Messiah.  Believe the grand sign, Jesus Christ alive from the dead after three days!  His death and resurrection prove His power and declare He is the Son of God!  (Romans 1:4)

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