38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” 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. 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.”
The request for a sign revealed the character of that “generation’s” hearts. Jesus had already been providing signs, and his opponents were disputing their validity (12:22–24). All too often we ask for a sign and then ask again not convinced that what has been given is enough. Jesus explains that his generation needs no greater sign that He is from God than his own message. He insists that the only sign the sign-seekers would be given was the sign that God supplied the Ninevites: Jonah’s restoration after three days. The Ninevites repented without recognizing a sign, whereas Jesus’ opponents were too hard-hearted to repent despite the many signs he had been giving them. Jesus was greater than Jonah yet the generation were not prepared to repent.
Where am I asking God for more – is it to convince me of who He is? God is God and I need to get with that program and stop requiring Him to prove Himself!
Father help me to honour You and take You at Your Word – for You are Almighty, All loving, All wisdom…
Written by Ps. Richard Botta