The Sign

After Jesus fed the four thousand, an argument broke out between Jesus and the religious leaders in Mark 8. This was not the first time these leaders had confronted Jesus. In so many ways, the Pharisees and Sadducees were continuing an argument from Mark 3 that Jesus was performing miracles with Satan as the source of power. To these men, Jesus was trapped. They demanded a sign. If he performed another miracle – it was sourced in Satan. If he made a prophetic statement, then they could claim he was a false prophet. According to their scripture, if a false prophet makes a false claim then he must be executed (Deuteronomy 13 and 18). Finally, they had Jesus right where they wanted. Jesus was not surprised. He was grieved. Their blinded eyes still didn’t see Jesus as messiah. In a moment of grief and frustration, Jesus reprimanded the Pharisees and Sadducees and left the area. He neither gave them a miracle nor made a statement. They were left empty and blind.