Ever had people come and ask you questions that don’t seem to really apply? Ever noticed they are asking you questions because of their perspective or view point? Does the question make sense within the realm of truth?
Don’t be tripped up by doubters!
Let’s see how Jesus handles it when He is questioned in today’s reading…
The Question about Rising from Death
(Matthew 22.23-33; Mark 12.18-27)
27Then some Sadducees, who say that people will not rise from death, came to Jesus and said, 28“Teacher, Moses wrote this law for us: ‘If a man dies and leaves a wife but no children, that man’s brother must marry the widow so that they can have children who will be considered the dead man’s children.’ 29Once there were seven brothers; the oldest got married and died without having children. 30Then the second one married the woman, 31and then the third. The same thing happened to all seven—they died without having children. 32Last of all, the woman died. 33Now, on the day when the dead rise to life, whose wife will she be? All seven of them had married her.” 34Jesus answered them, “The men and women of this age marry, 35but the men and women who are worthy to rise from death and live in the age to come will not then marry. 36They will be like angels and cannot die. They are the children of God, because they have risen from death. 37And Moses clearly proves that the dead are raised to life. In the passage about the burning bush he speaks of the Lord as ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38He is the God of the living, not of the dead, for to him all are alive.” 39Some of the teachers of the Law spoke up, “A good answer, Teacher!” 40For they did not dare ask him any more questions. –from Luke 20
In today’s reading from God’s Word, people were comparing this side and the other side of death. Living on this side to help take care of things compared to their respective meanings once we get to the other side. God is the god of the living, not the dead. Out bodies on this side are temporary and won’t last for ever. Once they fade away, our spirit is what is left. Now our choices on this side will determine the eternity for our spirits. Will we choose to spend eternity with God or apart from God?
God’s Word through His Son
1In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. 3He reflects the brightness of God’s glory and is the exact likeness of God’s own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for the sins of all human beings, he sat down in heaven at the right side of God, the Supreme Power.
The Greatness of God’s Son
4The Son was made greater than the angels, just as the name that God gave him is greater than theirs. 5For God never said to any of his angels, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” Nor did God say about any angel, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.” 6But when God was about to send his first-born Son into the world, he said, “All of God’s angels must worship him.” 7But about the angels God said, “God makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.” 8About the Son, however, God said: “Your kingdom, O God, will last forever and ever! You rule over your people with justice. 9You love what is right and hate what is wrong. That is why God, your God, has chosen you and has given you the joy of an honor far greater than he gave to your companions.”
–from Hebrews 1
So there is no doubt about Jesus, His kingdom will last forever! There is no darkness in Him! There is only light in Him!
When you aren’t sure where to go or what to do, turn to God and His Word for wisdom! Allow God’s Word to speak the truth and wisdom you need. Today’s reading continues into the book of Proverbs…
1People who do not get along with others are interested only in themselves; they will disagree with what everyone else knows is right. 2A fool does not care whether he understands a thing or not; all he wants to do is show how smart he is. 3Sin and shame go together. Lose your honor, and you will get scorn in its place. 4A person’s words can be a source of wisdom, deep as the ocean, fresh as a flowing stream. 5It is not right to favor the guilty and keep the innocent from receiving justice. 6When some fool starts an argument, he is asking for a beating. 7When a fool speaks, he is ruining himself; he gets caught in the trap of his own words. 8Gossip is so tasty—how we love to swallow it! 9A lazy person is as bad as someone who is destructive. 10The Lord is like a strong tower, where the righteous can go and be safe. 11Rich people, however, imagine that their wealth protects them like high, strong walls around a city. 12No one is respected unless he is humble; arrogant people are on the way to ruin. 13Listen before you answer. If you don’t, you are being stupid and insulting. 14Your will to live can sustain you when you are sick, but if you lose it, your last hope is gone. 15Intelligent people are always eager and ready to learn. 16Do you want to meet an important person? Take a gift and it will be easy. 17The first person to speak in court always seems right until his opponent begins to question him. 18If two powerful people are opposing each other in court, casting lots can settle the issue. 19Help your relatives and they will protect you like a strong city wall, but if you quarrel with them, they will close their doors to you. 20You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say. 21What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words. 22Find a wife and you find a good thing; it shows that the Lord is good to you. 23When the poor speak, they have to be polite, but when the rich answer, they are rude. 24Some friendships do not last, but some friends are more loyal than brothers. –from Proverbs 18
So don’t be a doubter, put your hope and trust in God! Turn to Jesus the author and perfector of our faith!