PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 12:38-42
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign!” (Matthew 12:39)
Why does Jesus speak about a wicked and adulterous generation?
This seems like the kind of thing that religious leaders would say, not Jesus.
I wonder if it was an expression used by the religious leaders to denounce ‘sinners’.
If so, then Jesus would use this expression to expose their own hypocrisy.
The signs He gives them, of Jonah and the Queen of the South, do that too.
Just as Jonah survived God’s judgment to bring God’s grace, He would too.
And the wicked and adulterous Ninevites would repent at His message.
Or like the wicked and adulterous Queen of the South; even she responded to wisdom.
And it was wicked and adulterous sinners who were responding to Jesus’s message.
So why are the Pharisees and teachers of the law not responding to His message?
Jesus is graciously yet firmly showing them how they are no better.
I wonder, does Jesus need to throw back our own judgmentalism at us (Romans 2:1).
Am I guilty of the things I criticize others of… and is Jesus challenging me?
We ought to be very careful how we criticize others, it will come back to haunt us.
Lord, it makes sense to me that You would use this phrase against religious hypocrites. Help me to know if this is something I am doing, and help me to listen, and repent.