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Sep 05, 2021

Destiny in words and the sign of Jonah the Prophet

Destiny in words and the sign of Jonah the Prophet

Passage: Matthew 12:33-42

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

The Pharisees' blasphemous words against the Holy Spirit have sealed their fate. To illustrate this Jesus compares them to a tree that can only produce bad fruit because it is rotten all the way down to the roots. Like a den of poisonous snakes, the Jewish religious leaders are only capable of spewing venomous hate towards Jesus and his disciples. Jeremiah the prophet tells us it is because their hearts are deceitful above all things and desperately sick, who can understand them? (Jer. 17:9). Our words drive our eternal destiny and reveal if we have a stony heart of condemnation and unforgiveness or a fleshly heart that has been justified by God’s grace. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Jesus warns the Pharisees that on the day of judgment they will give an account for every careless word they have spoken. When God’s Spirit has been put inside of us a spring of living water will flow from our mouths. We, too, must take pause before we speak. Because the true test of faith for us is, can we control our tongue? For the Jewish religious leaders this was impossible. Instead of accepting the miraculous healing of the demon oppressed man they were asking Jesus for another sign to demonstrate his deity. Pointing to the Old Testament prophet Jonah, Jesus tells his detractors that just as Jonah was three days in the belly of a great fish, so will the Son of Man be three nights in the heart of the earth - a foreshadowing to the King’s coming crucifixion.