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Red Skies In The Morning – Pharisees Take Warning

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He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.  A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.”  [1]

As I awoke with ocean view in sight, the sun splashed its rays past the beachfront deck, spilling onto the water. Pinkish-red light accented thin white clouds. My thoughts drifted to the saying: “Red skies at night, sailor’s delight, red skies in the morning, sailors take warning.” I heard this saying much as a little child, and it has always stuck with me. But what I didn’t know back then, was that Jesus coined this famous phrase thousands of years ago.

When the Pharisees asked Jesus to perform a sign, to demonstrate that He really was the Son of God, Jesus gave them a warning from scripture. He toyed with their perception of discerning the present, because they refused to accept that God was with them. They fixed their gaze to the skies and played the hypocrite, demanding that He entertain them with a sign. Satan tried this tactic in the wilderness, by telling Jesus to perform a miracle. But just as Jesus refused Satan, He also refused the Pharisees. The Messiah is not a puppet on a string, waiting to entertain unbelievers at their beck and call. But rather, He is the Son of God, freely proving Himself by working miracles and wonders, as the Father instructs. “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me (John 10:32)?

Had Jesus performed a sign for the Pharisees, they would have discredited Him by saying He was of the devil. But instead, He gave them a forewarning from the scriptures (Matthew 12:38-41), signifying that just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a whale, so He will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. What was written in the Old Testament was a shadow of things to come – the Messiah’s mission was to fulfill the anti-type of ancient times, by proving He was the Son of God. He did this on a daily basis. The Pharisees, of all people, should have seen Jesus as the Christ, but they were so caught up in their self-righteousness that they could not put two and two together. Studying the scriptures and then teaching God’s people, would have put them in perfect alignment with the Living Word. But as Jesus walked among them, raising the dead and forgiving sins, they became short-sighted and blind. They had zeal for the scriptures, but denied that this miracle worker was the Son of God. They did not have a heart to believe that Jesus was the Messiah, therefore “seeing they did not see, and hearing they did not hear (Mark 4:12).”

The Bible says that one must first believe that God exists, and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Because the Pharisees did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, He performed no miracle. But for those who will believe in Him today, He gives the greatest miracle of all – eternal life.

What about you? Do you doubt that Jesus is the Christ? Has hardness of heart kept you from fully committing to Him? Would you like to know with clarity that you will go to heaven?

The starting point to salvation is faith, because without it, it is impossible to please God. The Bible says that “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame (Romans 10:8-11).”

Don’t miss out on salvation because of unbelief. Learn from the Pharisee’s warning – believe today and see the salvation of the Lord.

1] The New King James Version. 1982 (Mt 16:2–4). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.