Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question… Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”
The Sadducees came up with this hypothetical situation to prove their point that there is no such thing as resurrection from the dead. They pose their scenario to Jesus, but He has no problem seeing through their duplicity. Just like with the Herodians who brought their question, Jesus ‘knew their hypocrisy’ (Mark 12:15). Jesus’ response to both groups was astonishing.
What an indictment! What a combination. If you knew the Scriptures, you wouldn’t be asking this question. If you knew the power of God, you’d embrace the resurrection of the dead! Jesus continues his ‘matter-of-fact’ reply with “When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”
The power of God and the reality of the resurrection is amazing to consider, but I’m thinking more about these hypothetical situations we create. I have been asked questions with these kinds of scenarios that are intended to prove a preconceived theological point. What’s a good example? Hmmm…
One is about baptism. Sometimes when people hear about my high view of baptism, that it is important and a part of our response to the Gospel, I am asked about the people who cannot be baptized, etc. “What if a person slips and falls on the steps into the baptistery, breaks their neck and dies before being baptized? Are they saved?” The intent is to point out that baptism isn’t as important as I understand it to be. It’s in the same vein as the ‘7 brothers and the 1 (black widow) wife’ question of the Sadducees. If I was as bold as Jesus I could say, “Are you not in error because you don’t know the Scriptures or the power of God!”
Why wouldn’t I say that? I realize that I, too, have made up hypothetical scenarios to prove my own preconceived theological stances.
Lord, I want to know You and the power of Your resurrection. I want to know the Scriptures that you have given! Would you continue to teach me today? I live for You.