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The Greatest Sign

(Matthew 12:38-45; 16:1-4)

Lesson 5 -- first quarter 2010
January 3, 2010

by Mark Roth
© Copyright 2010

Introductory questions to chew

When might I be stipulating some sort of special sign just for me?

Do I consider repentance something to which I need to be open?

How far would I go to find wisdom, instruction, direction, and discernment?

How far do I go?

When I "clean house" of the bad in my life, with what good do I replace it?

Does the sign of the prophet Jonas count for anything with me?

Or has the resurrection of Jesus become mere history to me?

Does God provide any other signs for the disciples of Jesus?

Judged by the Ninevites

We live in an evil and adulterous generation, no doubt more so than the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus' day. This makes me wonder if the seeking after a sign plagues our generation just as much. If so (and even if not), it seems to me we need to be on our guard. We do not want any of this to rub off on us!

An evil and adulterous generation that seeks after a sign will not listen to preaching. And it certainly won't obey that preaching. And that is something that could not be said against the inhabitants of ancient Nineveh, despite the fact they were pagan enemies of God's people!

So let's make it real personal again:

Your answers will determine whether you, too, will be judged by the Ninevites!

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