Bible and crossWhen I first began my series, Forbidden Bible Verses — essential for our knowledge of Jesus Christ but excluded from the much-lauded three-year Lectionary for public worship — I chose Bible passages at random, often prompted by something I wanted to know more about.

By 2011, I started going through the Gospels book by book in an expository manner so that I could better understand our Lord’s ministry and what He expects of us.

Before that, in 2010, I posted on Matthew 16:1-12, which I am reprising — and recommending to you today. The post looks at the Pharisees’ and Sadducees’ challenge to Jesus for ‘a sign’ and His rebuke, which involved a reference to Jonah, duly explained. He then warned His disciples against the ‘leaven’ of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

A similar passage for the first four verses, but involving only the Pharisees, can be found in Mark 8:11-13, which I wrote about in 2012.

Next time: Matthew 16:28