1). Addressing Him as “Master,” they say, “We want to see a sign from You” (12:38). Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree rotten and its fruit rotten; for from the fruit the tree is known.34. It continues the narrative about Jesus' ministry in Galilee Text. Vol. But the Pharisees hearing said, “This [Man] does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub the ruler of the demons.”25. He then goes on to tell them that even David, when He was hungry, went into the house of God and ate the showbread — illustrating that the preservation of human life challenges their inhumane, overly strict observance of this Sabbath commandment (12:3).Jesus then incites further indignation, referring to Himself as being even greater than their holiest place of worship: “I say to you,” He says, “in this place there is One greater than the temple” (12:6). On the contrary, they are outraged by what appears to them to be a flagrant disregard for their strict traditions. And finally, He concludes with a most powerful assertion — so far — of His divinity: “For the Son of Man is Lord, even of the Sabbath” (12:8).If the religious authorities ever wanted to establish a case against Jesus, and to accuse Him of blasphemy, Jesus is now giving them ample grounds to make that case!But Jesus does not stop there. Jesus goes on to recount how Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a whale, just as “the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (12:40).While the story of Jonah traditionally signifies Jesus’ burial and resurrection, it also represents the wonder of human regeneration. And all the crowds were amazed, and said, “Is not this the Son of David?”24. You can search/browse their whole library at the New Church Vineyard website. 38 ¶ Then certaine of the Scribes, and of the Pharisees, answered, saying, Master, we would see a signe from thee. But, Jesus, who knows their every thought, is not fooled by their pretended interest. Matthew 12:40. In it you shall do no work” (Exodus 20:8-10).The Hebrew scriptures are clear about the importance of observing the Sabbath, and the punishment for breaking this commandment is given in no uncertain terms. John 19:14)—If Jesus was crucified on Friday, how could He have been in the grave three days and nights?. A person cannot be regenerated without conflict, that is, without spiritual temptation, and a person is not regenerated by undergoing a single temptation, but only by undergoing very many of them. Apocalypse Explained 532: “The number ‘three’ signifies in the Word what is full and complete, and thence an entire period, greater or less, from beginning to end.”9. Matthew 12, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, originally published in four parts, is a digest of vatious readings and marginal references Matthew … 12 At that particular time Jesus went through the grainfields on the  Sabbath, and His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them. 42 (6): 16. In weak moments, when negative thoughts and feelings invade our minds, we are returning to the “house of bondage.” This captivity, or “spiritual bondage,” is what Jesus is referring to when He says, “How can anyone enter into a strong man’s house, and plunder his goods, except he first bind the strong man, and then he will plunder his house?” (12:29).It is, therefore, necessary to remain steadfast in our devotion to God, to remain with Him always and not depart from His company. It’s as if Jesus is saying, “Look, I just healed a man whose hand was withering away with leprosy. This was the amount of time that Jesus was buried 'in the heart of the earth', and it is accusative case in the Greek. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand?27. Jesus contradicts them, saying, “If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. This process cannot be faked or side-stepped. Using their own reasoning, they explained how the Sabbath law prohibiting work might be applied to the most trivial acts. to start such a fire. Then he goes and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and entering in, they dwell there; and the last [things] of that man are worse than the first. Matthew 12:40 Context. The Jewish Encyclopedia lists 1,521 activities that were not permitted on the Sabbath day. They have also been made stronger since early childhood by the evils of his own doing. The first time, Jesus did not respond. As Jesus puts it, “Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.