kjv@Matthew:12:38@ Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
kjv@Matthew:12:39@ But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
kjv@Matthew:12:40@ For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
kjv@Matthew:12:41@ The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
kjv@Matthew:12:42@ The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
kjv@Matthew:12:43@ When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
kjv@Matthew:12:44@ Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
kjv@Matthew:12:45@ Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
We tend today to see the gospel as pertaining to individuals and salvation, which in part it is. Jesus is shown here as also seeing the gospel in terms of groups and cities and generations. Just as a man can be inhabited/possessed/re-inhabited so can collective movements and generations. Individuals think and act and behave within groups. Unclean spirits think and act and behave in similar conjunction. In Jesus' time He saw a perfect storm of the two mounting against Him. Though He could be convincing to some individuals one on one at this time, it would not be until His death and resurrection that the true forces driving individuals within masses could be dealt with.
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