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The Sign of the King

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The religious leaders are hardened by their hatred for Jesus. They want to discredit Jesus because they want to hold the place of supremacy over the people. They have called him a sabaoth breaker. That doesn’t stick, so they say that He is satanic. Jesus responds by saying that that kind of thinking is illogical, that they are hypocritical, and that He must be greater and stronger than Satan. Because of their rejection Jesus says they are beyond redemption.
That doesn’t stick, so they say that He is satanic. Jesus responds by saying that that kind of thinking is illogical, you are hypocritical, and that He must be greater and stronger than Satan. Because of their rejection Jesus says they are beyond redemption.
The last attack that they attempt in chapter 12 starts in verse 38.
Many moral people today - Mormons, Muslims, Catholics, etc. But morality without the person of Jesus is a failure and leads to a dangerous self righteousness.

I. An Unexpected Sign (38-40)

I. An Unexpected Sign (38-40)

Matthew 12:38–40 NASB95
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

A. A Wicked Demand (38)

Matthew 12:38 NASB95
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”
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B. A Biting Rebuke (39)

Matthew 12:39 NASB95
But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;
C. A Biblical Type (40)
What Jesus means by adulterous:
The Gospel of Matthew, Volume 2 The Only Sign (Matthew 12:38–42)

. Jeremiah 3:6–11

Jeremiah 3:6–11 NASB95
Then the Lord said to me in the days of Josiah the king, “Have you seen what faithless Israel did? She went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and she was a harlot there. “I thought, ‘After she has done all these things she will return to Me’; but she did not return, and her treacherous sister Judah saw it. “And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also. “Because of the lightness of her harlotry, she polluted the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. “Yet in spite of all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to Me with all her heart, but rather in deception,” declares the Lord. And the Lord said to me, “Faithless Israel has proved herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.
1 Corinthians 1:22 NASB95
For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;
They were adulterous because they were choosing religion over Jesus, tradition over a person. They had an encounter with Jesus and they rejected Him.

C. A Biblical Type (40)

C. A Biblical Type (40)

Matthew 12:40 NASB95
for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
1 Corinthians 1:29 NASB95
so that no man may boast before God.
1 Corinthians 1:22 NASB95
For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;
Matthew 12:38–50 NASB95
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. “The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. “Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. “Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. “Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.” While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him. Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.” But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”
Matthew 12:40 NASB95
for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Matthew 12:40
1 Corinthians 1:
Jonah was the sign to Nineveh and so Jesus is the sign to Israel.

II. An Unexpected Judgement (41-45)

Matthew 12:41–42 NASB95
“The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
Matthew 12:41-42
Matthew 12:41–45 NASB95
“The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. “Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. “Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. “Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”

A. Nineveh (41)

Matthew 12:41 NASB95
“The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
Matthew 12:

B. the Queen of Sheba (42)

Matthew 12:42 NASB95
The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
The Gospel of Matthew, Volume 2 The Only Sign (Matthew 12:38–42)

Here is a tremendous truth—Jesus is God’s sign, just as Jonah was God’s message to the Ninevites and Solomon God’s wisdom to the Queen of Sheba. The one real question in life is: ‘What is our reaction when we are confronted with God in Jesus Christ?’ Is that reaction bleak hostility, as it was in the case of the scribes and Pharisees? Or is it humble acceptance of God’s warning and God’s truth as it was in the case of the people of Nineveh, and of the Queen of Sheba? The all-important question is: ‘What do you think of Christ

Matthew 12:42

C. The Result (43-45) The problem of morality without Jesus.

Application: If you can be sit in church or pretend to be religious and not believe in Jesus, you will be condemned by the Muslim, the prostitute, the cult leader, the liberal, the lgbtq that has repented of their unbelief like the Ninevites.
Matthew 12:43–45 NASB95
“Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. “Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. “Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”

1. Exit (43)

Matthew 12:43 NASB95
“Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it.
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2. Return (44)

Matthew 12:44 NASB95
“Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order.
A man who tries to improve his morals but is not filled with Jesus, remains empty and open to assault.

3. Swarmed (45)

Matthew 12:45 NASB95
“Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”
Some demons are worse than others.
2 Pete 2:
2 Peter 2:20–21 NASB95
For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.
The solution is the put off, put on principle:
Ephesians 4:22–24 NASB95
that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
The Gospel of Matthew, Volume 2 The Peril of the Empty Heart (Matthew 12:43–5)

It therefore follows that the only permanent cure for evil action is Christian action. Any teaching which stops at telling people what they must not do is bound to be a failure; it must go on to tell them what they must do. The one fatal disease is idleness; even a sterilized idleness will soon be infected. The easiest way to conquer the weeds in a garden is to fill the garden with useful things. The easiest way to keep a life from sin is to fill it with healthy action.

The Gospel of Matthew, Volume 2 The Peril of the Empty Heart (Matthew 12:43–5)

If we are finding the temptations of evil very threatening, one of the best ways to conquer them is to plunge into activity for God and for our neighbours.

Application: If you can sit in church or pretend to be religious and not believe in Jesus, you will be condemned by the Muslim, the prostitute, the cult leader, the liberal, the lgbtq that has repented of their unbelief like the Ninevites.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ today!
Application: If you can be sit in church or pretend to be religious and not believe in Jesus, you will be condemned by the Muslim, the prostitute, the cult leader, the liberal, the lgbtq that has repented of their unbelief like the Ninevites.

III. An Unexpected Allegiance (46-50)

Matthew 12:43–50 NASB95
“Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. “Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. “Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.” While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him. Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.” But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”
Matthew 12:43–45 NASB95
“Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. “Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. “Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”
Matthew 12:46–50 NASB95
While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him. Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.” But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

IV. (46-50)

A. Expected Allegiance (46-47)

Matthew 12:46–47 NASB95
While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him. Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.”
Matthew 12:46–50 NASB95
While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him. Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.” But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”
Why were they there? Concern because of the plot to kill Him? Thinking Jesus a fanatic? Intervention?
How embarrassing for a teacher, “You mom’s outside!”

B. Peculiar Question (48)

Matthew 12:48 NASB95
But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”

C. Statement of Allegiance (49-50)

Matthew 12
Matthew 12:49–50 NASB95
And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”
Matthew 10:37–38 NASB95
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
Matthew 10:37
Matthew 10:37–38 NASB95
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
Matthew 17:5 NASB95
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”
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