Mark 8: 11-13…An abridged account.

The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side.

Comment: As I write this I can say that my wife went into town this morning. A true statement, but very incomplete for she went to a ladies’ Bible study, visited a friend, went for an X-ray and did a bit of shopping. True, she went into town this morning.

This passage is a bit like that. I know because I can turn to Matthew’s account in Matthew ch 16 v 1-12. But in summary, it is a bit like this…. The Pharisees have come for an argument and they want to catch Jesus out. As they carry on He sighs and asks them ‘why do you want this sign?’ They knew of His ministry, of the miraculous things which He had done. Some of them had even witnessed them! It is as if Jesus says ‘No more, you’ve got enough, if you open your eyes and forget your prejudices, I say, no more’. There is little profit in casting pearls to pigs!

Prayer: Help me to avoid being prejudice, just to love truth!

One thought on “Mark 8: 11-13…An abridged account.

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. Jesus knows what is in the hearts of these Pharisees. Unfortunately their hearts are not pure because they have a “hidden agenda.” They believe that they are right, and nothing will change their opinion. Even those who saw the miraculous things which Jesus did, seemed not to understand or believe in Him. The old saying, “None so blind as those who do not want to see.” I think this saying fits the Pharisees. God bless you.


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