Scripture: Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40; Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34

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Religious Leaders Question Jesus About The Resurrection

Matthew 22:23-33 (KJV) 23 The same day came to Jesus the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked Him, 24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.  25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: 26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.  27 And last of all the woman died also. 28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.  29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.  30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at His doctrine.

Mark 12:18-27 (KJV) 18 Then come unto Jesus the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked Him, saying, 19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man’s brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.  20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.  21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise.  22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.  23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.  24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? 25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.  26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?  27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

Luke 20:27-40 (KJV) 27 Then came to Jesus certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked Him, 28 Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man’s brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.  29 There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children.  30 And the second took her to wife, and he died childless.  31 And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also: and they left no children, and died.  32 Last of all the woman died also.  33 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife.  34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: 35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.  37 Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.  38 For He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto Him.  39 Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, Thou hast well said.  40 And after that they durst not ask Him any question at all.

Questions:

1. What did the Sadducees believe about the resurrection (Matthew 22:23; Mark 12:18; Luke 20:27)?

2.  About what was the Sadducees question (Matthew 22:28: Mark 12:23; Luke 20:33)?

3. What was Jesus’ answer (Matthew 22:29-30; Mark 12:24-25; Luke 20:34-36)?

4. Of who is God the God (Matthew 22:32; Mark 12:27; Luke 20:38)?

Answers:

1. The Sadducees believed there was no resurrection.

2. The Sadducees asked a hypothetical question about whose wife would a woman be in the resurrection if she had married and become widowed multiple times in her earthly life.

3. Jesus said there is no marrying or giving of marriage in the resurrection. Neither is there death any more. They are equal to the angels and they are the children of God.

4. God is God of the living.

Religious Leaders Question Jesus About The Greatest Commandment

Matthew 22:34-40 (KJV) 34 But when the Pharisees had heard that Jesus had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.  35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  38 This is the first and great commandment.  39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Mark 12:28-34 (KJV) 28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Jesus, Which is the first commandment of all?  29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.  32 And the scribe said unto Him, Well, Master, Thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but He: 33 And to love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.  34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, He said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask Him any question.

Questions:

1. Why did one of the Pharisees who was a lawyer question Jesus (Matthew 22:34-35)?

2. What did Jesus say was the first and greatest commandment in the law (Matthew 22:36-38; Mark 12:29-30)?

3. What did Jesus say was the second (Matthew 22:39; Mark 12:31)?

4. What hangs on these two commandments (Matthew 22:40)?

5. What did Jesus say to one of the scribes who discreetly spoke to Him (Mark 12:34)?

Answers:

1. The lawyer questioned Jesus to tempt Him.

2. Jesus said “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.  This is the first and great commandment.”

3. Jesus said, “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” 

4. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.

5. Jesus told the scribe, “Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.”

HEAR the WORD

Mark 12:32-34 32 And the scribe said unto Him (Jesus), Well, Master, Thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but He: 33 And to love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.  34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, He said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  What do you believe was this scribe’s attitude?  Was he too trying to tempt Jesus as the lawyer had tried to do in Matthew 22:35?  Or was he just repeating to Jesus what he himself believed?  I believe Jesus knew this scribe was seeking the truth.  And that’s why Jesus told him he wasn’t far from the kingdom of God.  Are you seeking or have you found Jesus?

MEMORIZE the WORD

Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We need to live our life with God at the center.  And we need to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We need to share our love of God with those around us by loving them.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will indeed love You with all our heart, with all our understanding, with all our soul, with all our strength and love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:32-33). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I love God and love others as the Bible says.” <>< Dona