Who hasn’t heard someone say, after the gospel truth has been shared, “That’s just your interpretation”? To that, one could well reply, “Friend, this is the right interpretation, because Jesus said it was.”
He answered them: “When evening comes you say, ‘It will be good weather because the sky is red.’And in the morning, ‘Today will be stormy because the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to read the appearance of the sky, but you can’t read the signs of the times” Mt 16.2-3 HCSB.
The word “read” translates the Greek word diakrino. It is variously rendered as interpret, evaluate, discern, make sense of, judge.
The Jews could look at the sky and figure out what was going to happen. The sky provided signs to know what was coming.
God provided, in Christ, “signs of the times.” The signs provided clear direction to understand what was coming, what God was doing, what the fulfillment of all the past promises would be like.
And they missed it. Simple as it was. Splattered across the sky. The signs were the Lord Jesus himself, right in front of them. Jesus is saying in another way that they were blind — had blinded themselves — because of their own desires and ambitions.
Anyone who wanted to see the signs could see. Everyone should have seen and understood them.
Note: There was a correct interpretation of those signs of the times. These could be discerned correctly, and should have been. Those who ignored or misconstrued them were not given a second chance, more hints, a few guesses to see if they got it right.
Never say of Christ and the Bible that it’s a question of individual interpretation. Rather, it’s a question of the right interpretation that the Lord Jesus himself gives to us. And it behooves us to get it right.