Mark 12:18-27: ‘That’s why they were sad, you see!’

“18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 19 ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children. 21 The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third. 22 In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too. 23 At the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?’ 24 Jesus replied, ‘Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 26 Now about the dead rising – have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” ? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!’ “ NIV

The Sadducees were next in the queue to have a nip at Jesus’ heels. Some people will never learn. The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection. No wonder they were sad! They thought they had a humdinger of a question. To continue the chess playing analogy from yesterday, they truly did think they had the Lord in a corner. ‘Check.’ Get out of that one if you can Jesus.

He could. Very easily. He exposed their ignorance. Like so many people who don’t believe certain supernatural doctrines, they didn’t understand what it was they didn’t believe. They did not really know their Bibles. There is no marriage in heaven. Their question was irrelevant, based on complete misunderstanding. If we are happily married, we may find it hard to understand how we could still be happy if no longer married. But someone put it like this: imagine being in a candle-lit room. It’s cosy. It’s beautiful. It’s so romantic. But then the day dawns. Sunlight fills the room. It just overwhelms the candlelight. A greater light has come in and no one is complaining.

The other area of ignorance for the Pharisees concerned God’s power. If you have any grasp at all of how powerful God is, you will not be surprised by His ability to raise the dead (Acts 26:8).