Whose Wife Will She Be?
Reading: Luke 20:27-40
Now there came to Him some of the Sadducees (who say that there is no resurrection), and they questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife, and he is childless, his brother should marry the wife and raise up children to his brother. Now there were seven brothers; and the first took a wife and died childless; and the second and the third married her; and in the same way all seven died, leaving no children. Finally the woman died also. In the resurrection therefore, which one’s wife will she be? For all seven had married her.” Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him.” Some of the scribes answered and said, “Teacher, You have spoken well.” For they did not have courage to question Him any longer about anything. [NASB1995®]
The second phase of the attack on the Teacher comes from the Sadducees. Pragmatic and influenced by Greek philosophy, they do not believe in resurrection. Then they come to Jesus with what is clearly a trick question.
The wisdom and authority of Jesus will leave these malicious ones silent as well.
The question is not about the woman; it is about themselves and their belief system. The case they raise has enough complexity to confuse this Galilean carpenter, but Jesus answers with unheard-of solidity.
Jesus goes further, demonstrating again his identity as the Messiah from Heaven.
From Scripture Jesus reminds them that the Kingdom of Heaven is not bound to tiny limitations, it is a higher kingdom, with higher values and purposes.
Above all, he reminds them that God is the God of life, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. When the Lord speaks to Moses through the burning bush, he reveals this! Although Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have long since left this world, they live! They live in God and for God! This tremendous truth that Jesus proclaims will undoubtedly be demonstrated in a few hours when he who has come to give his life rises from his grave as the ultimate victor!
MEDITATE: Remember, in this passage Jesus is closer to death than ever, and he knows it. But he declares, and reminds us: true life is not the little things that bind us to this world… God is our life. We live in Him, through Him, and for Him!
Scripture quotation taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Translation By: Emily Stader