God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

March 12, 2014 at 6:12 am Leave a comment

In Matthew 22 Jesus is bantering with the religious people of is day. One of these religious groups were the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection.

They asked a question which we are all familiar with, the question about the seven brothers and the first one dies so the second brother marries the first brothers wife and then the second brother dies and the third marries the wife and so on until all the brothers have died and finally the woman dies. Who’s wife will she be in the resurrection?

Jesus answers them saying they have made 2 mistakes. They know not the scriptures (these learned men who studied the scriptures for a living) and they know not the Power of God.

Jesus answers them specifically and then generally, and the “multitudes were astonished at His teaching.” What was so astonishing? These are people who knew the Torah by the age of 5, the oral law by the age of 10. They had it memorized but they didn’t “know” it.

First, specifically. Don’t you know that in the resurrection we will be like the angels, immortal. When you live forever there is no need for procreation.

Then, and this is where it gets really interesting, Jesus quotes from Exodus 3:6 “‘I AM the God of your father – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob’ Don’t you know the God is the God of the living and not of the dead?” When Exodus was written, these patriarchs were all dead, and yet Jesus is saying God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

AM, present tense, God of these men, who evidently aren’t dead, or at least not what we think of as dead.

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