Monday, February 12, 2007

A Sign

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation." Then he left them, got into the boat again, and went off to the other shore.
Mark 8:11-13

He sighed from the depths of his spirit and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign?" Was Jesus disappointed in the Pharisees? Most likely!

How many times have we sighed deeply when our patience was coming to an end or when someone just does not grasp the question. But then again if we are clear in our questions, it wouldn't be hard to grasp now would it. How often we are called into question to show proof of what we did? When the proof is right there before their eyes.

Jesus had a lot to answer for with the Pharisees. Nothing Jesus did pleased them or made them believers. Jesus must have felt like he was butting heads with the most stubborn lot of people. How about us? Do we crave a sign like the Pharisees? And do we treat Jesus the same way as them. Causing Jesus to sigh from the depths of his spirit because we are just as stubborn.

I was thinking how we try our parents many times and how they too would sigh when we have gone on with our begging and whining to get something. Did it achieve anything, not really. All it did was cause the parents to sigh even more. Especially if it was something that we did not need. How a parent is smart to guard what is given, it teaches to value that not all is given when we expect it.

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