“The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and testing him desired that he would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, you 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 overcast. O you hypocrites, you can discern the appearance of the sky; but can you not discern the signs of the times?” Matthew 16:1 – 4
Here’s a very important clue today my friends in discerning the “eth” of God. Jesus just finished feeding 4000 men plus women and children using a sack lunch that a boy had brought to the meeting. You would think that might be pretty impressive but the next thing you read is that the Pharisees, are asking for a sign from heaven. I guess they thought the loaves and fishes thing was slight of hand and wanted to see something up in the sky!
Notice how Jesus chides them for being able to discern the appearance of the sky, a naturally observable phenomenon but not being able to discern the signs of the times. Guess what? The times or the “eth’s” of God have signs! And the Pharisees should have been able to read or discern the “eth’s” but they could not.
For me, just knowing that the “eth’s” of God have accompanying signs is very helpful. I can begin to trace this thing out. Figuring out this “eth” mystery is sort of like placing a coin under a piece of paper and then taking a pencil and rubbing over the coin to reveal the design on the coin.
Notice that the sons of Issachar were able to understand the times but the Pharisees could not? Jesus was talking about the same thing but gives us a clue. There are signs to every “eth”. The “eth” can refer to the time a woman gives birth or to the regulating of the tide. So what are the signs that a woman is going to give birth? If you know them, you know what’s coming and hopefully you know what to do. What are the signs of the incoming tide? If you know them, you can take advantage of the high water.
If you don’t recognize the signs, you might get trapped far from shore and drown. What I want you to do now is to begin matching up known signs with known “eth’s” and let’s look for patterns. The examples I gave of the tide and a woman giving birth are just two. We need more. We need to find the pattern on the coin. I solicit your viewpoint.