Mark 8:10-13 – The Pharisees Demand a Sign

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Mark 8:11

  1. The “Pharisees” were a “revival movement” among the Jewish people who studied the Pentateuch carefully and tried to live their lives accordingly. The word “Pharisee” roughly means “the consecrated”.
  2. There is nothing wrong with examining and discussing with Jesus to see if what he says is true, but the Pharisees do this to “entrap” him.
  3. The Pharisees ask for a sign from heaven, which would be proof that Jesus was authorized by God.
    1. Jesus had done many signs in the past; for example, he had healed the sick and cast out demons.
    1. The problem was not a lack of signs from Jesus, but the Pharisees’ lack of a willingness to believe in Jesus when they saw the signs he did.

Mark 8:12

  1. No matter how many signs Jesus did, the Pharisees still ask for one more sign to accept Jesus.
    1. Jesus sighs deeply because he is tired and resigned to the unbelief of the Pharisees.
  2. Jesus never made signs to convince those who would not believe.
    1. Jesus did signs to heal the sick in love, not to show himself and prove to others who he is.
  3. If you have already decided in advance not to believe, then no matter how many signs you see, you still won’t believe. That’s why Jesus doesn’t give the Pharisees a sign.
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