by Charles H. Spurgeon

The Queen of Sheba, a Sign
Charles H. Spurgeon
Matthew 12:42

The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

These Scribes and Pharisees might easily have ascertained that Jesus was the promised Messiah if they had only taken the trouble to examine His credentials. They had the law and the testimony at their fingers' ends, and they might also have made an appeal to the prophets. Then, they could scarcely have failed to note the many wonderful points of resemblance between Jesus of Nazareth and the Messiah who was to come. But they refused to thoroughly investigate His claims, took it for granted that He was an impostor, and therefore rejected Him. When they were driven up into a corner by the truth that He spoke, they demanded of Him a sign. There again they showed that they were not sincere, for He had given them many signs-some of which they must have recognized, because their anger had been excited by them, as, for instance, when Jesus went into their synagogue and healed on the Sabbath day a man who had his hand withered. They had condemned Him as a Sabbath breaker because He wrought this miracle, so it must certainly have come to their knowledge. Yet, while this and multitudes of other miracles were constantly being reported of Him, they still continued to reject Him, disdaining to confess that He was the Christ even though He proved it to their faces.

They asked Him for a sign, but the Savior tells them that they shall have no signs beyond those they had already had. One of those signs was the prophet Jonah coming up from the belly of the fish after having lain there three days. Christ Himself would rise again the third day, and by His resurrection He would fulfill the type of Jonah; this would be such a sign as they could not gainsay. Then there were the signs of the men of ...

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