In the Old Testament we have an examples for Gideon, who was called by God to fight the Midianites. He asked the Lord for a sign and the Lord honored his request (Judges 6:11-40). And in the New Testament, we read about the Pharisees asking Christ for a sign “Teacher, we want to see a sing from You” (Matthew 12:38). But Jesus didn’t grant them their request. Why?
In this chapter it says, “Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, this fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils” (Matthew 12:22-24). So, the demand for a “sign” was nothing short of an insult. Therefore, Jesus denied their request because they saw not just this miracle but many other supernatural works and they still refused to believe in Him. And instead, “the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him” (V. 14).
During Christ’s trial before the Sanhedrin the Jewish leaders again demanded a miracle and a sign. Also, Herod made a similar demand, and promised to release Jesus should He perform such a “sign.” We can see that these requests were not sincere because none of those who made them accepted Christ and His teachings. Each proof of divinity, during Christ’s ministry, only made them strive to stop him, until finally the raising of Lazarus from the dead made them plan to kill Him. In “Moses and the prophets” (Luke 16:31) there was enough light to guide men to salvation. But they refused to accept Christ because they previously refused the OT Scriptures that testified of Him (John 5:45–47).
While the Lord is eager to help His children to know His will, if He has given a clear instruction in His Word regarding a specific issue, there is no need to ask the Lord for a sign. All what the believers need to do is simply turn to His Word and find the answers there.
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