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Thinking Christians: A Vanishing Breed?

One of the many things which amazes me about our great Lord and Savior was His ability to say the right things at just the right time. In Matthew 22, Jesus confounded the Sadducees (who were trying to trick Him) by turning their unbelief against them. The Sadducees, who were the religious liberals of the day, did not believe the Scriptures. This unbelief was especially evidenced by their rejection of the resurrection. The Sadducees tested Jesus by presenting Him with a hypothetical problem resulting from the Levirate law. According to this law, if a man died with no children, his next of kin had a duty to marry the widow and raise up children in the dead man's name. In the absurd situation presented by the Sadducees, seven brothers married the same poor woman, none of whom was successful fathering a child. In the resurrection, the Sadducees wondered, whose wife will she be. I love Jesus' response to those unbelieving hypocrites: "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures or the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven" (Matthew 22:29~30). Knowing that the Sadducees could not care less about this poor widow, Jesus responded directly to their unbelief by declaring that God is not the God of the dead but of the living.