November 4: Matthew 22 & Mark 12
18 And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”
24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”
God of the Living
The time was drawing near to the end of Jesus' ministry here on earth. The religious leaders were frustrated by all of those who followed Him, so they decided to trap Jesus by their questions.
The Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection, questioned them by a hypothetical situation. According to the Mosaic law, if a man died leaving no heirs, his wife would become the wife of his brother. In their scenario, the woman eventually became the wife of all seven of his brothers as each one died childless. "In the resurrection," they asked, "Whose wife would she be?"
Jesus not only answered their question, but then went on to address their unbelief in the resurrection. Look at verses 26 and 27 shown above.
And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were ancestors of Moses. God did not say, "I was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob," but rather, "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are still alive to this day. That is the hope of all Christians! Jesus conquered death so that all of His children would receive life.
Have you recently lost a Christian friend or loved one? What a void is left by their passing, and yet, for the Christian, the sorrow is ours alone! Our dear friend or loved one is in the arms of Jesus. What a great comfort that is; our loss will be short-lived, for soon we will be with them in Paradise.
Our God is the God of the Living!
God Bless You,
All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.