Sunday, February 12, 2012 6:42 AM

This Generation

Sunday, February 12, 2012 6:42 AM
Sunday, February 12, 2012 6:42 AM

The Jewish historian Josephus lived in the days of Jesus and called his own generation the most ungodly of all, and says that earthquake and lightning must have destroyed them if the Romans had not come.[1]

This is a quote of Josephus speaking of the Pharisees and Sadducees. “It is therefore impossible to go distinctly over every instance of these men’s iniquity. I shall therefore speak my mind here at once briefly:—that neither did any other city ever suffer such miseries, nor did any age ever breed a generation more fruitful in wickedness that this was, from the beginning of the world.” [2]

Given Josephus’ quote, these next two verses give us some understanding of both Jesus and Paul’s words. We can get an even better insight into the type of leaders that Jesus was dealing with and why they were so quick to plot the Lord’s death.

Matt12.39 But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

Phil2.15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…


[1] Farrar, F. W. (1879-80). The Life and Work of St. Paul. London; New York [etc.: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & co.

[2] Josephus, F., & Whiston, W. (1996). The works of Josephus : Complete and unabridged. Peabody: Hendrickson.

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