Mark 12:18–27 (ESV)
The Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection
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.”
hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I took the day off to be with the family, but I’m back at it now. Have you ever tried to ask a question about something that you think you know about, but later you find out that you didn’t have a
clue? Well, the Sadducees try to trick Jesus in a “trick question” that fell apart. They want to know if a woman was married seven times, who will be her husband in heaven? The problem is there is no marriage in heaven, at least
not the way we understand marriage. I am married to my wife Lori, but in heaven... I will not be married to her. This is what Jesus is saying. 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.” The question was a deeper question about the resurrection, something that Jesus knows
a lot about and the Sadducees know very little.
I pray: O Lord, I know you will raise me from the dead. I also know that I do not fully understand what life will be like, but I trust in you who
knows what is best for me. What I do know is that I want to be with you. Amen.