“An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah. And He left them and went away” (Matthew 14:4).
Being familiar with the contentious relationship he shared with the Pharisees and Sadducees, it doesn’t take much imagination to understand why Jesus walked away; he knew that their closed minds could not be changed, that they were more interested in fighting for the maintenance of their familiar, comfortable, and empowering religious structures. These two groups embody what is, perhaps, the worst attribute of a people, supposedly, devoted to the things of God—an unteachable spirit. A faith not interested in being stretched and challenged is but another counterfeit item on the shelf of worldwide religious expression.