The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.
27 There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28 and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man[f] must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second 31 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32 Afterward the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.”
34 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36 for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons[g] of the resurrection. 37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” 39 Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” 40 For they no longer dared to ask him any question.
First, a thought:
The Sadducees, we’re told, don’t believe in the resurrection. In other words, they think this life is all there is. Their argument here seems to be something like, “If there were a resurrection and people lived again after death there would be all kinds of problems that don’t make any sense to us. For example, there were seven brothers…”
I find it fascinating that on this one occasion Jesus simply gives them a straight answer. No riddles. No stories. First he tells them something about the next life that they didn’t know. New information not included in their scriptures. Then he passes by their specific spoken question and addresses the heart of their issue by explaining to them a passage of scripture they did know, and knew well. But apparently, not well enough.
I know there are those who don’t believe scripture at all. (They are likely not reading this blog, but who knows? Anyway, you probably know someone like that.) I’ve spoken with folks who ask questions about stuff in the bible. Stuff they think simply can’t be true. Because if it were true it would raise all kinds of issues for them that don’t make any sense.
I also know people who believe scripture and follow Jesus, but can’t quite swallow everything the bible teaches about some things. Like morality, for example. They read what scripture says, but figure it must mean something else. Because if it were really all completely true it would raise all kinds of issues for them that just don’t make any sense.
With that in mind, this is what I hear God asking me:
Is it possible that Jesus’ would answer both of these people the same way he answered the Sadducees?
Is it possible that Jesus has some information we do not?
Is it possible that Jesus can see right past your spoken objection into your heart?
Is it possible that Jesus might point to a passage of scripture you thought you knew and lay it out for you in a way you never considered?
Yes, it is.
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.