Friday, August 19, 2011

An Evil And Adulterous Generation


Matthew 12:38-42 (NKJV)

The scribes and Pharisees were so blinded by their tradition, and so hardened in their unbelief, that they refused to accept the claims of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ described them as 'an evil and adulterous generation'.

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Why did the Lord Jesus Christ use this term to describe them?

Their religion was a sham and a cloak for wickedness.

They came to Him appearing to be so polite.

But their request for a sign was perverse and wicked.

They had seen many miracles.

But when they were unable to speak against the evidence, they accused the Lord Jesus Christ of being in league with the devil.

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The Lord Jesus Christ responded to their request by saying that 'An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign'.

In calling them 'adulterous,' the Lord Jesus Christ was indicating that they were unfaithful to the God they professed to serve.

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Many professing Christians are addicted to seeking after signs and wonders.

This is not an evidence of faith, but of weakness and immaturity.

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Jesus did promise a sign - that of the prophet Jonah.

Jesus was here prophesying of His own resurrection from the dead.

But even that failed to convince His enemies.

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The heathen of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah who performed no miracles.

The Queen of Sheba had traveled far to hear the wisdom of Solomon.

They would be called to witness against the scribes and Pharisees on the day of judgment because a greater than Jonah or Solomon was among them, but they rejected Him!

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Many unbelievers pretend to have intellectual difficulties in believing in the gospel, but the problem is not one of intellect, but of a sinful heart.

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19).

There are none as blind and stubborn as those who refuse to see!

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