Jun. 27. Pharisees and Sadducees Seed A Sign; Disciples Learn Lesson on False Teachers Doctrine; Blind Man Healed

Mt. 16:1-12; Mk. 8:11-26

After sending the multitude away, Jesus and the disciples got into a boat and came to the region of Magdala, also called Dalmanutha on the west coast of the Sea of Galilee.

While in the region of Magdala, Jesus was approached by the Pharisees and Sadducees asking for a sign of His divinity. They did not believe His miracles were from God.

The Sadducees were another sect of the Jews. They were fewer in number than the Pharisees and had different beliefs. The Sadducees denied the resurrection of the dead and the existence of angels and spirits. They believed that a person received his reward for righteousness or punishment for sins while he lived.

Jesus called them hypocrites because they could recognize weather signs, but could not recognize His miracles as divine.

He again pointed to the sign of Jonah, who was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale and likewise, He would be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

After this encounter with the Pharisees and Sadducees, Jesus and the apostles entered into a boat and went to the other side of the sea to near Bethsaida.

At this time, He instructed the disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Since they misunderstood His point, Jesus explained that the leaven of these people was their doctrine or teaching, which was false. (As leaven spreads throughout bread dough, false doctrine is an evil influence today.)

When they came into Bethsaida, they were met by a group bringing a blind man, who was begging Jesus to touch him. After restoring sight to the man, Jesus and the apostles traveled northward about forty miles to Caesarea Philippi.