Today we will look at Luke 20:27-40
20:27 Now some Sadducees (who contend that there is no resurrection) came to him. 28They asked him, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies leaving a wife but no children, that man must marry the widow and father children for his brother. 29Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died without children. 30The second 31and then the third married her, and in this same way all seven died, leaving no children. 32Finally the woman died too. 33In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For all seven had married her.”
34So Jesus said to them, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35But those who are regarded as worthy to share in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36In fact, they can no longer die, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, since they are sons of the resurrection. 37But even Moses revealed that the dead are raised in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live before him.” 39Then some of the experts in the law answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well!” 40For they did not dare any longer to ask him anything.
People react differently to scripture, to God’s voice. The Sadducees, wanted to have Jesus offend them in some way so that they could condemn him. If Jesus some how contradicted their own understanding (wrong understanding), they could have grounds to dismiss him and condemn him. People who don’t want to change sometimes approach Jesus in this way. They push where they know he has voiced a correction in their lives so that they can claim offence and write him off while condemning us who follow him. Instead of listening for the good news, they listen for anything they deam as rejection of something they love or are addicted to and thus stop listening as they have the ammunition they were looking for.
Then there are those few of the experts of the law who listened to the whole argument and found Jesus to be the winner of the debate even though they stood opposed to Jesus at the beginning. People react the same way now, keeping the logic of the good news as an intellectual exercise and not letting the truth of the good news affect them in any real way.
Neither of these responses will help us, they only way to respond is with a heart that is moved to repentance and reception of the grace freely offered. We are so blessed to worship a God who is real, who loves us and calls us to be changed by him. He is not simply an idea in the mind, but a real, living God. We do not worship a God who simply wants to condemn, but to call us from death to life. May God give us soft hearts to receive both his rebuke and gift of grace.