Daily Word - Sept. 13, 2019
"Jesus said to them, "Aren't you deceived for this reason because you don't know the scriptures or the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry or are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. Now as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses about the burning bush, how God said to him, 'I am the God of Abraham , Isaac, and Jacob?' He is not the God of the dead but of the living. You are badly deceived!"
A question had been put forth to Jesus by a religious sect called the Sadducees. Now the Sadducees neither believe in the resurrection nor Angels, but in their hypocracy they ask Jesus a question about the resurrection hoping to catch him in his words. Jesus' response is amazing.
First he tells them they are in error because they don't know the scripture or the power of God. Can you imagine how that went over. They prided themselves by knowing the scripture. They undoubtedly could quote lengthily passages of scripture. But like modern Christianity, 'they couldn't see the trees for the forest.' The passage of scripture Jesus uses to defend the resurrection amazes me. He quoted Exodus 3:6 where God tells Moses, 'I am
the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.' And he deduces that God is the God of the living and not the God of the dead. If you and I had locked ourselves away for years pouring over the scriptures we would never have come up with that. Apologetics is a fickle thing. What we think we know about the scriptures is constantly limited by our ability to interpret the scripture.
Like the Sadducees we say we know the word of God only to be limited by our own interpretation in unbelief. What a mess we conceive because of the lack of revelation in our lives. I have a novel idea. Let's get to know the author of this book, He is still the best interpreter. "Howbeit when the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth." John 16:13.
As always God bless,