Today we look some of the doubters Jesus had to deal with in Mark 8:11-12:
The Demand for a Sign
11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
I love certain words in scripture. I love how they jump out, how they explode, how the just kind of hang there. Today for me in this reading that word, or that phrase was “He sighed deeply in His spirit.”
Jesus has literally just feed thousands of people twice. He has healed Jews and Gentiles across the land. People are flocking from all over to hear Him preach and to just perhaps touch the fringe of His robe that they may be healed.
Miracles are literally, not figuratively, literally happening everywhere.
And the Pharisees come, asking for a sign. And He sighed. Why?
Because what more signs could He produce. Short of His death and resurrection, which was going to happen, and which they didn’t believe either, what could He do? So He sighed. Was is frustration? Was it exasperation? Was it just exhaustion? We don’t know, but we know they He knew they wouldn’t get it. They wouldn’t see, no matter how many signs He did.
Why? Why wouldn’t they see the signs? Because they didn’t believe.
When we believe, we see. When we have faith, we see miracles everywhere, every day. When faith enlivens the eyes, we see the signs of God, of faith, of miracles every day.
When we do not, we do not. When we do not see through faith, we will look, but never see. When we look though, through the eyes of faith, we see them everywhere.
Today, do you see? God is work. Jesus is doing great things. It is happening everywhere.
It is. We can see it.
We just have to look right. We just have to look through the eyes of faith.
Today, do you see?
Monday we’ll look at Mark 8:14-21.
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