65 Religious leaders ask for undeniable proof.

Jonah 1:17; 3:4–5; Matthew 15:39; 16:1–4; Mark 8:10–13

Why did religious leaders come to test Jesus authority (Matthew 16:1)?

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What kind of sign were the Pharisees asking to see (Matthew 16:1)?

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If Jesus had done a creative miracle before the skeptics, how might people have reacted (Matthew 16:1)?

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Why did Jesus say the religious leaders were hypocrites (Matthew 16:2–4)?

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Why did Jesus refuse the religious leaders’ request for a sign (Matthew 16:4)?

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What was the “sign of the prophet Jonah” (Matthew 16:4)?

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After hearing Jesus’ answer, what might the religious leaders have thought (Matthew 16:4)?

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Immediately after feeding the four thousand and sending the people home, Jesus got into a boat with his disciples and went to the area of Magadan, also called Dalmanutha. Some Pharisees and Sadducees came to test his claim that he had been sent by God. So they asked him to show them a miraculous sign from Heaven.

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Matthew 15:39 After Jesus had sent the people home, he got into a boat and went to the area of Magadan.
Matthew 16:1 Some Pharisees and Sadducees came to test his claim that he had been sent by God. So they asked him to show them a miraculous sign from Heaven.
Mark 8:10–11 Immediately after feeding the four thousand, Jesus got into a boat with his disciples and went to the area of Dalmanutha. Some Pharisees came to test his claim that he had been sent by God. So they asked him to show them a miraculous sign from Heaven.
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Matthew 15:39 And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.
Matthew 16:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
Mark 8:10–11 And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha. And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

He gave a deep groan. “Why do people keep asking for a sign? Without a doubt, no such proof will be given to this generation. In the evening, you say, ‘The sky is red, so we will have clear weather.’ In the morning, you look at the dark sky and say, ‘It is going to rain.’ You hypocrites! You can look at the sky and predict the weather, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. Only an evil, unfaithful generation would demand a miraculous sign. I will give you no proof except for the sign of the prophet Jonah.”

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Jonah 1:17 The Lord sent a huge fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and nights.
Jonah 3:4–5 Jonah entered the city and walked its streets all day, shouting, “In forty days, Nineveh will be destroyed.” Nineveh’s people believed God’s word. They wore burlap clothes to show their repentance and proclaimed a fast for everyone.
Matthew 16:2–4 Jesus said, “In the evening, you say, ‘The sky is red, so we will have clear weather.’ In the morning, you look at the dark sky and say, ‘It is going to rain.’ You hypocrites! You can look at the sky and predict the weather, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. Only an evil, unfaithful generation would demand a miraculous sign. I will give you no proof except for the sign of the prophet Jonah.” He turned away and left.
Mark 8:12 He gave a deep groan. “Why do people keep asking for a sign? Without a doubt, no such proof will be given to this generation.”
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Jonah 1:17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah 3:4–5 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
Matthew 16:2–4 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
Mark 8:12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.

He turned and left them standing there. He got back into the boat and headed for the other side of the lake.

Eyewitness

Matthew 16:4 “Only an evil, unfaithful generation would demand a miraculous sign. I will give you no proof except for the sign of the prophet Jonah.” He turned away and left.
Mark 8:13 So he left them standing there. He got back into the boat and headed for the other side of the lake.
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Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
Mark 8:13 And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side.