Matthew 12:38-45. “An Evil and Adulterous Generation”. 4:23-24.
“An Evil and Adulterous Generation”
Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him…
3 Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, "See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."
And Jesus said to the centurion, "Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed that very moment.
When Jesus came into Peter's home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him. When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.
33 The herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs. 34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they implored Him to leave their region.
And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, "Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.“ And some of the scribes said to themselves, "This fellow blasphemes.“ And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?
"But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" --then He said to the paralytic, "Get up, pick up your bed and go home.“ And he got up and went home. But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
But Jesus turning and seeing her said, "Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well." At once the woman was made well. When Jesus came into the official's house…But when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. This news spread throughout all that land…
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!”...Then He touched their eyes, saying, "It shall be done to you according to your faith.“ And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: "See that no one knows about this!“ But they went out and spread the news about Him throughout all that land.
As they were going out, a mute, demon-possessed man was brought to Him. After the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed, and were saying, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.“ But the Pharisees were saying, "He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons."
Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
Departing from there, He went into their synagogue. And a man was there whose hand was withered…Then He *said to the man, "Stretch out your hand!" He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other. But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.
Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw. All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, "This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?“ But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons."
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.“
Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven.
The Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, to test Him. Sighing deeply in His spirit, He said, "Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation."
Please Turn in Your Bibles
“They desired to see God in the abnormal; they forgot that we are never nearer God, and God never shows himself to us so much and so continually as in the ordinary things of every day.” Hendriksen
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
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“The word describes something worse than physical adultery; it describes that infidelity to God from which all sin, physical and spiritual, springs.” Barclay
2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him
5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
“You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
1:17 And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.
"And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father's house...so that they will not also come to this place of torment.‘ "But Abraham *said, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.‘ "But he said, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!‘
"But he said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.'"
Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes…
When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.
Now when the queen of Sheba…said to the king…"Blessed be the LORD your God who delighted in you to set you on the throne of Israel; because the LORD loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness."
“So it will be also with this evil generation. God’s people, privileged with prophecy and promises, would be faced with horrible judgment for rejecting their Messiah.” Barton
And He was saying to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 'Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I AM He, you will die in your sins.“… "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning…”
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.
The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.