The Weather, The World, And The Way by Frank Pollard

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Matthew 16:1-4
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No two groups could be farther apart in ideology, action,
and politics than the Pharisees and the Sadducees. The
Pharisees were the traditionalists, the conservatives, the
legalists, the rulekeepers, and the self-appointed watchdogs
of ritualistic righteousness. On the other hand, the
Sadducees were the wealthy religious aristocracy. They knew
how to pull political strings to get appointed to high
religious positions. Unlike the Pharisees, they did not believe
in eternal life, so their motto could be, "Eat, drink, and be
merry, for tomorrow may not come if we don't think about it."
There was one common compassion which brought these two
groups together. They wanted to be rid of Christ. He was
stealing their thunder. So they formed a coalition of cri-
ticism, and they baited the trap with a sure-lure which would
catch the fancy of all standing nearby. "Show us a sign from
heaven, which may mean they were implying all the signs Christ
had been doing were not from heaven, but by some other power.
Once they accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of
the devil himself.
But in asking for a sign to be shown they exhibited a
gigantic gall. In chapters 14 and 15 are recorded the things
Christ did on the days preceeding this one. He fed the five
thousand with five loaves and two fishes. He walked on the
sea. He healed the Syrophenician's daughter. The 30th and
31st verses of chapter fifteen state:
And great multitudes came to Him, bringing
with them those who were lame, crippled, blind,
dumb, and many others, and they laid them down
at His feet; and He healed them,
so that the multitude marveled as they saw
the dumb speaking, the crippled restored, and
the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and
they glorified the God of Israel.
After this lie fed the crowd of four thousand. And the Pharisees
and Sadducees came up, asking for a sign to prove He was se ...

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