And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
Matthew 16:3 (KJV)
This familiar passage of Scripture spoken by Jesus was used on the Pharisees to show their hypocritical agenda to deny the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and to de-signify the importance of Jesus’ presence on the earth. In this particular verse, Jesus points out the Pharisees’ experience with weather forecasting and how experienced they are with discerning whether there will be good weather or bad weather. We see a similar pattern today. Although God would not have us to be oblivious to the atmosphere which He created, he does not want us to pay more attention to temporal matters (like the weather) more than spiritual matters (the last days). What Jesus was trying to get these hypocritical scribes and Pharisees to realize that in order to be a true Christian or follower of God, you must be able to discern both good and evil and discern the present time. Ecclesiastes says that “there is a time for everything.” A true Christian needs to be able to “discern the signs of the times.” To the Christian, it is evident that we are in our last days. To the unbeliever, this might seem like the best time of his life. Imagine if I was to shut down this entire website and say that Jesus is never coming back and that I don’t need to preach the Gospel anymore. You guys would think I was crazy, wouldn’t you? It’s the same with the scribes and Pharisees that Jesus is speaking with in this passage. They had a knack for forecasting the weather and discerning the signs thereof, but they couldn’t even discern that they were standing in the presence of God himself. How sad is that? Will you pray today, saint, that God would grant you discernment of this present time, that He would grant you discernment between good and evil, right and wrong? Will you pray for the unbeliever, that he might be saved, so that he also might receive the Divine discernment which we so desperately need? Be blessed my friends.