The Sign of Jonah

Matthew 12:38-42 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Scribes and Pharisees Ask for a Sign
38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”

39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. 42 The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.

Supernatural signs and wisdom

  • Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom v38, 41, 42
  • What might the motives of the Jews be?
    They were testing Jesus.  –Mt 16:1
    They seeking a sign of their own choosing while ignoring the signs Jesus performed{healing blind mute} fulfilling the scripture/prophecy –Isa 35:5-6
    Satan also asked for a sign of His own choosing –Mt 4:6-7
  • We preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness –1Cor 1:22-23

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=> Are there any “signs” we are ignoring? Are we asking for signs of our own choosing?

=> Are we seeking the Lord “amiss”? –Ja 4:3
ex. “God, if You want me to do X, then You please do Y, and I’ll know it’s okay.”

The sign of Jonah – The sign of the dove – The sign of resurrection

  • The sign of Jonah is resurrection
    – pictured as three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish v40
  • Jonah[2495] = dove, The sign of the dove  –Jn 1:32-33
  • – baptism which is also picture of resurrection, passing through death into new life. –Col 2:11-12Rom 6:3-5
  • The sign of Noah is also a sign of baptism/resurrection –1Pe 3:20-22
  • True Bread is the ability to hear and apply God’s word with the Holy Spirit I= a sign of new life/baptism/resurrection –Jn 6:29-31, 47-51, 63; Mt4:4
  • His sheep/followers hear and obey His voice –Jn 10:4; Heb 3:7-11

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=>What sign are you seeking? Signs and wonders? Resurrection? Baptism? Born again? Hearing the Shepherd’s voice?
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Word Study
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From NetBible Mt 12:39

  • sign[4592] = of miracles and wonders by which God authenticates the men sent by him, or by which men prove that the cause they are pleading is God’s

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From NetBible Mt 12:40

  • sign of the prophet Jonah[2495] = dove
    *Resurrection is pictured in being spit out alive. It is the resurrection that limited the time in the fish belly grave to three days, and that is the sign.

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Sign of the “dove” = baptism which is also picture of resurrection, passing through death into new life.

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John 1:32-33 New King James Version (NKJV)
32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’

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From Answers in Genesis

  • Jewish way of counting the “Third Day”:

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Related:
True Bread – A Sign{blog}

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2 Responses to “The Sign of Jonah”

  1. khollandsblog Says:

    I just “stumbled” on this today — it reveals a motive the Jews had in asking for a sign in Matthew 12.

    Look at this prayer: “God, if You want me to do X, then You please do Y, and I’ll know it’s okay.”

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    Matthew 16:1 … Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. => by asking for a different sign{the healing of the blind mute} they were “testing” Jesus and also ignoring scripture – prophecies that the Messiah would heal the blind and mute. Isaiah 35:5-6 … Then the eyes of the blind will be opened And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. 6 Then the lame will leap like a deer, And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness And streams in the Arabah.

    This is convicting=> are there “signs” from they Lord that we are missing? Are we seeking signs of our own choosing? Are we asking “amiss”? James 4:3 … You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.

  2. khollandsblog Says:

    ODB – Signs & Feelings

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