Today’s Bible Reading:
Discussion about Resurrection
27Then Jesus was approached by some Sadducees—religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. 28They posed this question: “Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife but no children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will carry on the brother’s name. 29Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children. 30So the second brother married the widow, but he also died. 31Then the third brother married her. This continued with all seven of them, who died without children. 32Finally, the woman also died. 33So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her!”
34Jesus replied, “Marriage is for people here on earth. 35But in the age to come, those worthy of being raised from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage. 36And they will never die again. In this respect they will be like angels. They are children of God and children of the resurrection.
37“But now, as to whether the dead will be raised—even Moses proved this when he wrote about the burning bush. Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, he referred to the Lord as ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38So he is the God of the living, not the dead, for they are all alive to him.”
39“Well said, Teacher!” remarked some of the teachers of religious law who were standing there. 40And then no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Verse of the Day:
We continue reading where we left off yesterday in Luke. A group called the Sadducees now enter to try their luck at questions with Jesus. I feel like this has become a game show of some sort: “Who can stump Jesus – Round 3!”
The scripture reading for today tells us that the Sadducees were specifically a group of religious leaders that didn’t believe in the resurrection of the dead. Can you imagine what is going through the mind of Jesus – knowing good and well that HE is about to be raised from the dead??? Wonder what they’ll think of him then?
Their question for Jesus is all around Moses and laws and widows and marriage and blah blah blah.
The entire question felt like some kind of weird cover up to me. Why would someone that doesn’t believe in the resurrection of the dead be asking what happens in heaven with marriage? Anyone else find that strangely odd?
Jesus answers their question directly up front – that there will be no marriage in heaven. What I LOVE is how he then gets to the REAL point. He knew what they believed. And he gets all up in their business without even being asked to.
“But now, as to whether the dead will be raised…”
It’s like Jesus was saying, “Hey guys – your question was pointless. Let me get to the underlying issue that no one wants to talk about here!”
And in true Jesus fashion he puts truth out there for all to hear. Isn’t it interesting that he uses Moses in his example of why the dead will be raised? You wanna bring up Moses? Ok. Here’s the real deal, boys!
“And then no one dared to ask him any more questions.”
Well, I guess not.
Sometimes I feel like I’m the one bringing pointless questions and concerns to Jesus that don’t even matter. I’m not saying that I do it on purpose or with motives like the Sadducees had. No, not like that.
But, in the same way that Jesus was able to get to the heart of the matter with them – he does this with me.
He’s able to see past my worries and frustrations and say, “Starr – let’s talk about the underlying meaning and purpose of this situation.”
Example 1: I’m more concerned about praying to Jesus about drummers and choir members that don’t come to church and the music not being the best that it can be. I spend hours worrying and wondering what in the world I could do better and how I could change. Then, Jesus takes me back to why we do what we do in the first place. I’m over here worried about drums all while Jesus is concerned with the father that is going to step down the aisle and finally accept Jesus into his heart!!! Hello. Wake up.
Example 2: A 3 year old with screaming fits is enough to cause anyone to cry out in prayer. Literally. I’m over here praying and asking God to help calm her down, just do SOMETHING, Lord. Then, Jesus whispers to my soul that this season is about ME slowing down a bit. A little more time with the screaming 3 year old is what I feel like He’s calling me to. Does it take fits to get me to see through the fog of my busy life? I need Jesus to call me out.
I could keep going with more examples, but I think you probably get the point.
Jesus, I’m asking You to speak to us today like only You can. You know the very depths of our hearts and our desires. You understand us before we even say a word. Just like you got to the heart of the matter with the Sadducees, tell us what really matters. Show up in our lives as we make it a priority to spend more time with You and in learning Your Word. I know that You are faithful, loving, able. You never leave us. You never give up on us. You are the light, the truth and the way!