"We Will Be Loved Perfectly" Matthew 22:23-33
“We Will Be Loved Perfectly”
This Week’s Core Belief: Authority of the Bible I believe the Bible is the Word of God and has the right to command my belief and action.
2 Timothy 3:16-1716 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Scripture: Matthew 22:23-33
23 The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, 24 saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.’ 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother. 26 So too the second and third, down to the seventh. 27 After them all, the woman died. 28 In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her.” 29 But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” 33 And when the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.
The Message of this Passage:
From the Ligonier Ministry: Matthew 22:15-40 records three points at which corrupt leaders tried to get Jesus to take positions that He might later regret. Ironically, the various sects these men represented were usually at odds, but they ganged up on Christ, their common foe. Times have not changed; for example, some Eastern Orthodox have joined Muslims in the former Soviet Union to restrict the work of evangelicals. John Calvin writes, “Satan brings together all the ungodly, who in other respects differ widely from each other, to attack the truth of God.”
Little, save hatred of the Gospel, united Sadducee and Pharisee. The Sadducees rejected the oral tradition of the Pharisees and denied the resurrection (v. 23). It was once thought that the Sadducees read only the five books of Moses as Scripture, but we are increasingly sure that they received the entire Old Testament canon. Still, the Sadducees affirmed only those tenets directly provable from the Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy), hence Jesus’ use of Exodus 3:6 to prove the resurrection (Matt. 22:31–32).
Most Jews disliked the priestly Sadducees, because they embraced Roman customs, accommodating themselves to Rome to maintain their priestly authority. Quarreling with the popular Pharisees did not win friends for the Sadducees, whose contempt for the Pharisaic belief in resurrection is seen in their use of levirate marriage to ask Jesus about the life to come. The need to determine the husband to whom the childless woman belongs in eternity remains even if only two brothers are involved. But the Sadducees spoke of seven men to emphasize the countless hurdles they found to belief in the resurrection. They were inferring that resurrection would force incest (being married simultaneously to many living brothers, Lev. 18:16) and break God’s law. How, then, could they affirm the doctrine?
The Sadducees assumed that, if a resurrection were to occur, life would be identical to life today and that it would carry all the problems of this life that we bring into it. That is why Jesus scolded them for misunderstanding the Creator’s power before delivering the truth about the resurrection (vv. 29–30).
Questions to consider:
Do you prefer to ask questions or to answer them? Why?
How do, and why do mere men question God-and hope to win?
Why would a person desire to be unconcerned with truth, and only want to argue? Why would a Christian do this?
What is the story in today’s Scripture?
In reading today’s Scripture and seeing how the Sadducees doctrinal beliefs blinded them from the truth, ask yourself: In what ways can our doctrinal beliefs blind us to the truth?
What is Matthew’s purpose in revealing how Jesus harshly tells the Sadducees they have deceived themselves?
What can we learn from the challenge by the Sadducees?
You cannot worship God and yourself. You will either serve one or the other (Mt 6:24). How easy is it to deceive ourselves when it comes to our Spiritual walk?
Christ’s reply to the Sadducees tells us that resurrected life will not be exactly the same as life today. One scholar notes that the absence of marriage and its privileges does not mean that love will cease. Love will be perfected in the resurrection, and we will all love and be loved perfectly (Rev. 21:1–4).
Truth is real; all you do is delude yourself and ignore the grace of God when you ignore Truth. How can you embrace the truth of His love today?
Read Phil. 2:1-11 and Col. 2:2-3. How can your life be centered on Christ, filled with purpose and meaning, and benefit all those around you?