by Jerry Vines

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Matthew 16:1-3
"The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired
him that he would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said
unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the
sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today: for
the sky is red and lowering. 0 ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face
of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?"
Now the Lord Jesus in his answer to the Pharisees when they requested
of him that he would give them a sign indicating that he was who he
said he was, gave them an illustration from nature. And he said to them
that there are certain signs in nature which make it possible for us to
forecast what the coming days are going to bring. Now we know that this
is true, when you turn on the television at night and the meteorologist
tells us that on the basis of the current air waves and the high and low
pressures. That we are going to have certain kinds of heat and we are
going to have several thunderstorms and all of these things. So a
weather man looks at the signs of nature and on the basis of them he
is able to forecast things that are very near to come in the future.
So the Lord Jesus taking that illustration from nature chided these
men, these religious Pharisees because they were unable to discern the
signs of the times which let them know the things that were taking place
in their very midst. Now there has always been an interest in the signs
of the times. The disciples of Jesus themselves were greatly interested
in some indication of the nearness of his coming again to the earth.
Jesus had said to them he would be coming back again. Jesus had taught
them that just as he had come the first time he would die on the cross,
he would be buried, he would come from the dead three days later and then
he would return again. You remember Jesus said to these disciples in
John 14, "Let not your heart be troubl ...

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