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Bible Passage Mark 12:18-27
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2021 & book Mark.

The Unexpected Answer About Life And Death

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached October 26, 2021
18 Then some Sadducees, who claim there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and asked him,
19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no child, he should marry the widow and have children for his brother.
20 There were seven brothers. The first one married and died without having children.
21 Then the second married her and died without having children, and so did the third.
22 None of the seven left any children. Last, of all, the woman died, too.
23 In the resurrection, whose wife will she be, since all seven had married her?”
24 Jesus answered them, “Aren’t you mistaken because you don’t know the Scriptures or God’s power?
25 When people rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like the angels in heaven.
26 As for the dead being raised, haven’t you read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said, ‘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!”
Yesterday, we looked at how the Pharisees condoned the Herodians to trap Jesus with the question of payment of taxes. Another strong sect during Jesus’ time was the Sadducees.
The Sadducees were against the Pharisees. The most important priests were all Sadducees. So the Sadducees ruled the temple (God’s Great House).
The Sadducees said that they believed the books of Moses. These are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. But really, the Sadducees did not believe several important things that those books teach. They did not believe in the resurrection. They did not believe that there are spirits or angels.
The Sadducees also came to Jesus with a question. According to the law of Moses, if a man died childlessly, his brother was to have a temporary marital relationship with the widow for the purpose of producing an heir (Deut 25:5-10). The law was also to help a woman after the death of her husband.
The question put by the Sadducees concerned an unlikely situation where a widow would meet seven husbands, all brothers, in the resurrection. Since Sadducees did not believe in any form of life after death, their question was intended to make fun of Jesus and the doctrine of the resurrection.
Jesus told the Sadducees that their question was without meaning because Israel’s laws applied only to live in the present physical world. Life in the age to come is not a continuation of present earthly life but is a different kind of life altogether (Luke 20:34-36; compare 1 Cor 15:35-44).
To show that life after death was a fact they could not deny, Jesus quoted from the book of Exodus (which, being part of the Pentateuch, was one of the few parts of the Scriptures that the Sadducees read). Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, the Scriptures spoke of God as having a living personal relationship with them. They must therefore still be living, even though their bodies are dead and buried (Exod 3:6).
🔷 Every believer must be knitted to the scriptures through constant study of the Word for the truth and spiritual growth
🔷 Life does not just end here. There’s the afterlife where we would have to account for this current life
🔷 There are no family bonds or relationships or support after death.
💥 Pray that you will have a better understanding of the scriptures day by day
💥 Pray that God will give you a place after your death
There is surely a different life in the other world after here where we will appear before God to account for and receive our rewards. Those who die in the Lord will be with the Lord and reign with Him forever.

In series Bright Morning Reflections