Beware the Yeast of the Pharisees | DownshoreDrift

Alan Cross

Alan Cross

Matthew 16 reveals another of Jesus’s encounters with the Pharisees and Sadducees. This has become a running battle with those who are looking for some way to frame Jesus and to remove him from the scene in Israel. This time, immediately following Jesus’s miracle of feeding the four thousand with the loaves and fishes, they ask for him to show them a miraculous “sign from heaven” (vs. 1). Ok, you fed four thousand people with a few loaves of bread and a few fish. Now, show us a sign from heaven. Jesus knows who he is dealing with and what their motives are and he tells them that no sign will be shown them except the “Sign of Jonah.” Jesus was saying that their sign would be him rising from the dead. He called them an evil and adulterous generation for looking for a sign (or, another sign). Continue reading →

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