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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW - Chapter 12 - Verse 38

Verses 38-42. We would see a sign from thee. See Lu 11:16; 29-32.

A sign commonly signifies a miracle; that is, a sign that God was with the person, or had sent him. Comp. See Barnes "Is 7:11".

Luke adds that this was done tempting him trying him, doubting if he had the power to do it. If these persons had been present with him for any considerable time, they had already seen sufficient proofs that he was what he pretended. They might have been, however, those who had recently come; and then the emphasis must be laid on "we." We, as well as the others, would see a proof that thou art the Christ. In either case it was a temptation. If they had not seen him work a miracle, yet they should have believed it by testimony. Comp. Joh 20:29. Perhaps the emphasis is to be laid on the words from heaven. They might profess not to doubt that his miracles were real, but they were not quite satisfactory. They were desirous of seeing something, therefore, that should clear up their doubts, where there could be no opportunity for dispute. A comet, or lightning, or thunder, or sudden darkness, or the gift of food raining upon them, they supposed would be decisive. Perhaps they referred in this to Moses. He had been with God amidst thunders and lightnings; and he had given them manna—bread from heaven— to eat. They wished Jesus to show some miracle equally undoubted.

{k} "sign from thee" Mt 16:1; 1 Co 1:22

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