The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 16:1
The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came,
&c] Not from
Jerusalem, as in (Matthew 15:1) but from the neighbouring places: these
were Galilean Sadducees and Pharisees, of whom mention is made in
the Misna F23;
``says (ylylg yqwdu) , "a Galilean Sadducee", (i.e. one that
was of the land of Galilee, as Bartenora on the place
observes,) I complain of you Pharisees, because ye write
the name of a ruler with the name of Moses, in a divorce;
say the Pharisees, we complain of you Galilean Sadducees,
that you write the name of a ruler with the name of God,
in the same leaf:''
but though these two sects could not agree in this, and in many
other things, yet they could unite against Christ, to whom they bore
an implacable hatred.
And tempting, desired him that he would show them a sign from
they came with no sincere view to be taught by him, or learn
anything from him; but if they could, to ensnare him, and get an
opportunity of exposing him to the people; and therefore pretending
dissatisfaction with the miracles he wrought on the earth, they ask
of him to produce a sign from heaven, of his coming from thence, of
his being the Son of God, and the true Messiah. They wanted some
such sign, as the standing still of the sun and moon, in the times
of Joshua; and as raining manna, in the times of Moses; or some such
appearances of thunder and lightning, as at the giving of the law.
The appearance of the rainbow, in a very extraordinary manner, is
looked upon by the Jews as a sign of the Messiah's coming F24.
``Says a certain Jew, when my father departed out of the
world, he said thus to me; do not look for the Messiah
until thou seest the bow in the world, adorned with light
colours, and the world enlightened by it; then look for
the Messiah, as it is written, (Genesis 9:16) .''
Some very unusual and uncommon sight in the heavens, was what these
men asked of Christ in proof of his mission from God.
F23 Yadaim, c. 4. sect. 8.
F24 Zohar in Gen. fol. 53. 2.
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