Matthew 22:23–33 (ESV)
Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection
23 The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection,
and they asked him a question, 24 saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.’ 25 Now
there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother. 26 So too the second and third, down to the seventh. 27 After them all,
the woman died. 28 In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her.”
29 But Jesus answered
them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 And
as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: 32 ‘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.”
33 And when the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.
This event, the Sadducees had crafted a plan to trap
Jesus. The question is based on the Mosaic Old Testament book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy 25:5–6 (ESV)
Laws Concerning Levirate Marriage
brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead man shall not be married outside the family to a stranger. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her as his wife and perform the duty of a husband’s
brother to her. 6And the first son whom she bears shall succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel.
The Sadducees go the text and create a hypothetical situation of a woman being widowed seven times. They are even making a mockery of the text in that they (Sadducees) do not believe in the resurrection. So they
are asking an absurd question that they don’t even believe. Jesus flips the trap around on them and addresses the resurrection and says: “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30For
in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: 32 ‘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.” He exposes their lack of belief in a God who raises the dead. Jesus also addresses an issue that many Christians don’t
understand… that there are no marriages in heaven. Another area that Christians go wrong is thinking that their loved ones are angels in heaven. No… they are not angels… that is like saying a dog will be a cat in heaven.
People and angels are not the same. Now back to the text, Jesus is pointing out flaws in their belief and their doctrine. We too fall prey to this if we do not study God’s Word.
I pray: O Lord, help me to trust you and to study your Word. Help me to grow in your Word and to share it with others. Amen.