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Matthew 16: 1-4
sermon today is about people who seemingly know how to discern the
atmospheric conditions and are very reliable in forecasting the weather
but their spiritual discernment is nearly blank- just as Jesus
the Sadducees and Pharisees! Our scripture is found in Matthew
chapter 16 and beginning with verse one.
1- JESUS CONDEMNED CARNAL SIGN SEEKING FOR
Many religious leaders today are just as carnal as
those Jesus dealt with in these verses. They have a belief system
that is empty and dry without the saving grace of God!
Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that
he would shew
them a sign from heaven."
16:2- "He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye
will be fair weather: for the sky is red."
16:3- "And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for
the sky is
red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky;
but can ye not discern the signs of the times?"
16:4- "A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign;
shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And
he left them, and departed". The
sign of Jonas was the
death, burial and resurrection of Christ. See Matthew 12:40.
JESUS CONDEMNED RELIGIOUS CURIOSITY FOR SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE.
Secular Humanism seeks to know how God works but they deny the power
The religious leaders were certainly curious about miracles like the
feeding of the five
thousand. They wanted to know how five loaves of
bread and two fish fed 5,000 people and
another time seven loaves of bread and a few fish fed four thousand
besides women and children and how they took up more meat and
bread than they
started with. No doubt the religious leaders wanted to know how Jesus
performed the miracles so
the Pharisees and the Sadducees
to one of the gatherings where Jesus was teaching to inquire about the
matter and to ask Jesus to show them a sign to prove he was who he said
3- JESUS CONDEMNED AN EMPTY FRUITLESS
(A)- The Pharisee aspect of religion is condemned by
2 Timothy 3:5- "Having a form of
godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away".
Secular humanist today are much like the Pharisees who practiced some
aspects of what we
believe but fell short of being God ordained and Spirit led. The
Greek word for Pharisee is - ar-is-ah'-you
which was a sect that seems to
have started after
the Jewish exile in the Old Testament books. They sought for
recognition by outward forms of piety and ceremonial washings,
fastings, prayers, and alms giving. They prided themselves on
their fancied good works. They believed in the existence of good and
evil angels, and the expectation of the coming of the messiah, they
maintained a belief that the dead would be resurrected from a
place of reward or from the penalty they were experiencing in Hades and
would each give an account of individual deeds. They believed in a
Theocracy much like we do and were patriotic to their country's cause.
11 MARKS OF A PHARISEE
REVEAL THEIR THEOLOGICAL PRACTICES.
(1-) They practiced
(2)- They Baptized converts.
(3)- They Fasted and Prayed.
(4)- They Gave to the poor.
(5)- They claimed good
works gave themselves favor with God.
(6)- They believed in
(7)- They looked for the
Coming of Jesus.
(8)- They looked for a
(9)- They recognized a
judgment of individual deeds.
(10)- They believed in a
Theocracy- (one God).
(11)- They were patriotic
to their country.
False religion that looks
good from the human standpoint is what
many church people practice today. They have all the aspects of the
Pharisees described above but are empty spiritually!
historian; Josephus stated
that the Pharisees and Sadducees
numbered more than six
thousand. They were bitter enemies of Jesus because he rebuked them for
their hollow reliance on outward works and affections of piety in order
to gain popularity.
The Sadducee aspect of religion is condemned by Jesus:
Greek - sad-doo-kah'-yos
which was a religious party among the Jews
during the time of Christ who denied that the oral law was a revelation
of God. They deemed the written law alone to be
obligatory to the nation of Israel as the divine authority.
5 MARKS OF
resurrection of the body.
immortality of the soul.
the existence of spirits and angels.
doctrine of free will.
Some of the doctrine
of the Pharisees resemble true religious
doctrine but their condemnation from Christ was
Titus 3:5- "Not by works
of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy
he saved us ".
Many people today are
sitting in dead churches,
practicing a dead
religion that can not save, like that of the Pharisees. They are
described in Matthew 15:8- "This people
draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips;
but their heart is far from me".
The Sadducees are so
far off doctrinally; we don't
have a problem
identifying them as way out of line with scripture. Someone once made a
remark about them that sparks some humor: "They are sad don't you see"!
Because they didn't believe there was any hope of a resurrection or a
life after this life.
When we look at
Matthew chapter 16:1-
It seems to me an unlikely
event that two
opposing groups of religious leaders could come together on common
to question the Word of God but when we carefully consider it, that
hasn't changed much as we often have religious
groups that can't get along on most doctrinal grounds but when it comes
to a challenge against a man of God who is preaching scriptural truth;
it seems that they can head up a united front against him. For
when I was pastoring a mission church at Wrangell, Alaska, I preached
some messages on the
false doctrines of Catholicism and there was a uniting of non Baptist
religious leaders who wrote articles in
the newspaper condemning Baptist theology even though every thing I
said came from the
Word of God.
4- JESUS CONDEMNED RELIGIOUS
TEMPTING JESUS. (Matthew 16:1).
The Greek word for tempting
is PI-RAD'-ZO to examine
or seek proof.
DESIRED JESUS. (Matthew 16:1).
Desired is Greek word, EP-ER-O-TAH'-O
FOR A SIGN. (Matthew 16:1).
Human reasoning has
led multitudes of people to a
devil's hell and a sign without scripture is worthless.
can never get you saved and give you
eternal life no matter how hard you try to play the role of a Christian.
5- JESUS CONDEMNED CARNAL
The only sign Jesus
gave them was that of Jonas the prophet which was a
sign of the Death, Burial
of Christ which is the gospel in a nutshell. It offers eternal life to
accept Christ as their only method of salvation!
Doing good and doing it often will
not save you! Many people look to good works for
religious denomination to get them into heaven but they wind up
with a method that will send them to hell. Prov.
16:25- "There is a way that
but the end thereof are
the ways of death".
Matthew 12:40- "For as Jonas was
days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be
three days and three nights in the heart of
6- JESUS CONDEMNED HUMANISTIC
JESUS WARNED MANKIND TO BEWARE
OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES AND SADUCEES. Matthew 16:6.
Many religious leaders don't have
the answer to your spiritual needs! I
don't care if
you are a member of the Catholic hierarchy or some other institution.
They can't mediate your salvation or give instructions for your
service and you
would be wise to listen to God's word instead of a
false religion which will keep you in spiritual bondage and send you to
a devil's hell .
The Greek word for
LEAVEN is DZOO'-MAY - a metaphor is inveterate mental
and moral corruption,
viewed in its tendency to infect others.
(A)- Jesus reproves the
for not understanding the illustration he used concerning false
with false doctrine in Matthew 16:11 and at times it seems like we
hard time making
people understand what we are telling them from God's word. In Matthew
16:12 -They finally understood that
Jesus bade them not to beware of
leaven bread but leaven spiritual doctrine.
(B)- God is warning us to
keep our doctrine based on
scripture and not let
religious leaders persuade us off track. The world is full of deceivers
who have created their own doctrines based on just enough
scripture to confuse the mind. The anti-christ
will be the master deceiver and the scripture tells us, if it were
possible he would deceive the very elect.
24:24- "For there shall arise false Christs, and false
shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible,
they shall deceive the very elect".
UNDERSTANDING FOR SPIRITUAL PURPOSES.
that Jesus was John
This is what every unsaved person does until God
reveals the truth
to them. They make an effort to understand God but only come up
Jesus was Elias.
(3)-Some guessed that
Jesus was Jeremias.
(4)-Some guessed that
Jesus was one
2-Peter 1:20- "Knowing this
that no prophecy of the scripture is of any
so many people see just enough
spiritual truth to make a
guess about the secret things
of God but until a person is truly born
again and the Holy Spirit begins to reveal what god's word is about and
they begin to study scripture, they will never understand spiritual
2:14- "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the
for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned."
Spiritual awakening can only come
truth to an individual like He did to the Apostle Peter in Matthew
16:15-16 when Peter said- "Thou
art the Christ, the Son of
the living God.".
answered him and said, "Blessed art thou,
Simon Barjona; for
flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father
which is in heaven".
When the Holy Spirit
of God reveals to you who Jesus
is and reveals
what a destitute sinner you are; you are ready to do business with God.
You can then see clearly
what you need to do in order
to be saved. You
might be religious but lost. If You ask God
with a repentant heart, to have mercy on you and save you for Jesus
sake ; your sins will be placed under the Blood of Christ, your name
will be written down in Heaven's log book which is called the book of
the Spirit of the Living God will take up his abode in your heart to
live forever. Don't let the Pharisees and Sadducees of religion deceive
you into believing that you are all right by following their false
doctrine of works; to a devils hell. You need to make that decision
today to believe on Jesus Christ as your only hope of eternal life.
T. Tyson Sr.