Today I would like to share with you yet again something that I read this morning. Here it is…
23 That same day Jesus was approached by some Sadducees—religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. They posed this question: 24 “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies without children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will carry on the brother’s name.’t 25 Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children, so his brother married the widow.26 But the second brother also died, and the third brother married her. This continued with all seven of them. 27 Last of all, the woman also died. 28 So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her.”
29 Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God. 30 For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven.
31 “But now, as to whether there will be a resurrection of the dead—haven’t you ever read about this in the Scriptures? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said,t 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. So he is the God of the living, not the dead.”
Please do not get lost in all the “Kinsman Redeemer” talk. That’s where it talks about the brother’s obligation to marry the widow of his brother if she has not had kids. If you get lost there… you may miss the point. The question from this group called the Sadducees was essentially about resurrection. That is why Jesus’ response addresses their denial of the power of God.
Now… I’m already getting “deeper” than I like to on this blog for Procrastinators… so please bear with me. Not only did Jesus address the Sadducees denial of the resurrection but He addressed their denial of angels (Acts 23:8). Therefore His response was a double whammy. Isn’t it funny how we ask God one thing but He always addresses or every need?
When I read verse 32 I couldn’t help but to think “but Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were all dead… why did Jesus use them to illustrate to the Sadducees that God is alive?” If you look at Luke 20:38 you see that the Sadducees thought of these 3 patriarch’s (founders of faith) as being very much alive.
God knows everything about us… just like He did the Sadducees. Jesus addressed everything that needed to be addressed in their question. In His answer… He states… GOD IS ALIVE.
The fact that God is alive should motivate us to Live for Today.
What questions do you have for God?
He isn’t intimidated by your questions… ask away… but be ready for an answer.