Every day I awake to see large trees set against the sky. Before checking on my tablet, or watching the TV Weather Forecast, I can have a bleary-eyed idea of what is happening in the world outside my bedroom window. Even though I register the time, and the seasonal changes I can see in the tree tops, I am aware of the vagaries of the weather patterns at this time of year and still wonder what the day will bring.
Weather plays an important part in our lives as we need to plan for change through the seasons. Before the sophisticated weather forcasts we now have at the flick of a switch, our ancestors looked for the signs that they could see in their environment, and especially in the skies.
If we go back 2000 years we know that weather predictions were being made in the time of Jesus and probably long before that if we refer to local records. The first written record in the Bible can be found in Matthew chapter 26 verses 2 to 3 where we read...
When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning it will be foul weather today for the sky is red and lowring.
The context of this saying was Jesus in discussion with the Sadducees, whom he berated for not looking for the signs of the times when they were well capable of reading weather changes. What were these signs they should have known?
Sadducees should have been keen observers of the changes taking place during Jesus' lifetime, but they were not. They had not understood the advent of a Messiah who was born amongst them, and the changes taking place before their very eyes. They were openly hostile to anyone who suggested beliefs contrary to their own. Had they read and understood their scriptures as well as they predicted the weather, they might have understood their own lives better.
What are these signs spoken of by Jesus? Even those close to Jesus had not always fully understood the things that were to happen in the near and later future as we see in the links below...
Luke 24 verses 25 to 34 records events after the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Matthew 24 verses 3 to 51 records words of Jesus before his cruel death upon a cross.
Why should this affect us?
These quotations were as essential then, as they are for us today if we wish to be followers of Jesus. They not only give details about his life and teaching 2000 years ago, but also give us insights into his resurrection and return to the earth when he will establish his kingdom.
The return of Jesus will enable those who have read and believed in the signs given in scripture, to share the gift of eternal life with him.
Watch therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. [Matthew 24:42]