Matthew 16 – Bad Leaven

Read Matthew 16

This is, at least, the second time in Matthew that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day demand a “sign.”  Looking at this from our perspective, their request is ridiculous being that Jesus had been healing so many people.  Yet, just like the visit from John the Baptist’s disciples, who did not believe, these people too couldn’t believe what they have heard and seen.

We would like to think that we are not like them either, that if Jesus came in this way now, we would certainly recognize and follow Him.  Yet I wonder if this is indeed true.  I sometimes struggle with recognizing the work of God finding that when I hear someone way that “God told me to _____,” I am rather skeptical.  When I hear about miracle healings, I tend to want to see if for myself.  Maybe I need to trust more, or perhaps we get wrapped up in our own thoughts about God, who He is and what He does, that we are not willing to entertain things outside of that box.

The warning that Jesus gives after His encounter with the Pharisees is one that we too should heed.  Culture constantly seems to “demand signs” from us as Christians; people asking for proof that what we believe is valid or accurate.  The danger in these requests lies in the doubt they cast when we don’t have an answer other than faith.

Matthew answers the questions and the doubt with an illustration.  Jesus asks His disciples who they believe He is.  Peter’s answer, one of true faith in the Messiah, is one whom Israel had been waiting for.  Jesus’ response is one spoken to all those who believe; their faith is the foundation against which all the forces of evil cannot and will not prevail.


4 Responses to “Matthew 16 – Bad Leaven”

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