Genesis 48:1-49:33; Matthew 15:29-16:12; Psalm 20:1-9; Proverbs 4:20-27
Signs Part I
“Great crowds came to him, (Jesus) bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.
“The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.” Mt. 15:30-31
Signs Part II
Jesus had compassion on this large group of people–they were hungry and no markets were nearby to secure food.
“Hey guys”, he asked his disciples, “how much food do you have on you?”
“Seven loaves of bread and a couple of small fish,” they replied.
“Awesome! Let’s give thanks and pass the food around.”
Everyone– man, woman and child- filled their stomachs. The leftovers filled seven baskets.
The people who came to Jesus were needy people–they needed healing, restoration, full stomachs. They didn’t come to Jesus asking him for signs and miracles.
And Jesus had compassion on them–he felt their hurts, knew their brokeness, sensed their hunger for something “more”. He was, after all, a man who also felt hunger, pain, need for sleep and restoration. But he was also God. And because He was true God he could do something to help them—and He did.
Signs Part III
The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from Heaven.” Mt. 16:1
No brokeness, no inability to speak, walk, hear or see in this crowd. These folks were wise (in their own eyes), self-sufficient, self-justified. They had full stomachs too.
They didn’t need Jesus or want anything from him other than some kind of sign from heaven.
Jesus tells them, “A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Mt. 16:4
And he walked away–no miracle on demand from him.
Signs Part IV
Hmmmmm……Do I seek Jesus because I’m broken with sin and need his compassionate love and healing forgiveness? or—
Do I want miracles on demand?
Lord God, search my heart. May my motives for seeking you be pure and blameless. May they be based on the reality of the cross. That Jesus died for my sins and that is why I need Him. Thank You for Your good Word today–that you come to us when we are broken and in great need. In Your compassion You do not turn us away, but you heal us and restore us. For this we give you thanks and praise. Help us to speak this good Word to those who need to hear it. For Jesus’ sake, Amen