Tuesday, March 15, 2022
29-33 Jesus answered, “You’re off base on two counts: You don’t know what God said, and you don’t know how God works. At the resurrection we’re beyond marriage. As with the angels, all our ecstasies and intimacies then will be with God. And regarding your speculation on whether the dead are raised or not, don’t you read your Bibles? The grammar is clear: God says, ‘I am—not was—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.’ The living God defines himself not as the God of dead men, but of the living.” Hearing this exchange the crowd was much impressed.
-Matthew 22:29-33 The Message
Verse 29: But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken since you do not understand the Scriptures nor the power of God.
Verse 30: For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
Verses 29-30 studies: When the Sadducees asked what marriage in heaven will look like, Jesus wanted them to understand that it is more important to understand God’s power than heaven. We will eventually learn what heaven is like, but the bigger focus is on God’s power. In every generation and culture, there are ideas of eternal life through images and experiences of the present life. Jesus said these are faulty ideas, caused by ignorance of God’s Word. We shouldn’t make up our own ideas of what heaven will be like in human terms. Remind yourself to concentrate on your relationship with God.
Verse 31: But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God:
Verse 32: ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
Verses 31-32 studies: Jesus answered them for the book of Exodus 3:6 because the Sadducees only accepted the Pentateuch as God’s divine Word.
Exodus 3:6: And He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
God would not have said, “I am the God of Abraham and the God of Issac, and the God of Jacob” if God thought Issac, Abraham and Jacob were dead. From God’s eyes, they are alive. Jesus used the present tense to point out the resurrection and the eternal life that all believers enjoy him.
Verse 33: When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.