Don't Be Earthbound!
Lord, give me eyes that see what is eternal and boldness to live out this reality in every interaction.
How much do you respect God's Word?
The Sadducees, who didn't believe in the resurrection, were still intent on trapping Jesus, this time posing a ludicrous hypothetical story. According to the Law, if a man died childless his brother could marry the widow and endeavor to produce a son in his dead brother's name. So suppose there were seven brothers and the wife of the first married all of them in succession as each died without a son and heir. Whose wife would she be at the resurrection? The whole idea of the questioning was to demonstrate their belief that the resurrection was ludicrous.
Jesus' reply exposes the narrow, earthbound thinking of the Sadducees, as he contrasts our usual pre-death state with our resurrection life (30). He goes on to paint an even bigger picture of this new mode of existence, showing that God is still in relationship with the patriarchs who had died long before (32); the covenant with his people is therefore not halted by death.
People often falsely think that God's ways are narrow and limited. He is the God of the whole earth! His ways are far above ours, and his thoughts wider and bigger altogether.
Ask God to give you his perspective on the issues that you are facing today.
God, You never fail; You never give up. You never turn away from those who call on You. You are trustworthy and good.
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