Jesus and the disciples were headed to synagogue. It was the sabbath. They were hungry. As they walked through a field, they plucked corn to eat on the way. The religious leaders walking with them started complaining to Jesus because it was the sabbath. God commanded that no work would be done on the sabbath. But the religious leaders took it to the nth degree, where you couldn’t do anything, but walk to church. When they got to church, Jesus saw a man with a withered hand. Knowing that the religious leaders would complain anyway, Jesus healed the man. This stirred them up to fuss at Jesus. Jesus asked them if one of your sheep fall in a pit on the sabbath, wouldn’t you pull it out. Then He said that the Son of man is Lord of the sabbath. Jesus left the synagogue and began to heal people. The religious leaders approached Jesus wanting Him to justify Himself. They asked for a sign to prove what He said was true. Jesus said you evil and adulterous generation, the only sign that you will receive is the sign of Jonah. In Matthew 12:38-41, Jesus explained what the sign of Jonah was.
For you that haven’t hear the story of Jonah in the belly of the whale, he was a prophet of God. Jonah was an Israelite, who hated the Ninevites because of what they did to Israel. God called him to preach the gospel to the Ninevites. Jonah refused and ran from God. He boarded a ship to run away. God caused a great storm to stop the ship. It got so bad that the captain wanted everyone to seek their god to stop the storm. Jonah said the storm was because of him. They needed to throw him overboard. Eventually they did. Jonah was swallowed by a great beast. He was in the belly of the beast for 3 day and nights. Until he turned to God and asked for forgiveness for running away. God had the beast vomit him on to dry land. Jonah went to Nineveh and preached the gospel for 3 days. The entire city repented and turned to God, And God spared Nineveh.
I’ll continue the story tomorrow.
Crain Blanchard .