“You don’t know the Scriptures…”

Mark 12:14-27

Then Jesus was approached by some Sadducees—religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. They posed this question: “Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife without children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will carry on the brother’s name. Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children.  So the second brother married the widow, but he also died without children. Then the third brother married her. This continued with all seven of them, and still there were no children. Last of all, the woman also died. So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her.”

Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.  For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven.

 “But now, as to whether the dead will be raised—haven’t you ever read about this in the writings of Moses, in the story of the burning bush? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses,  ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ So he is the God of the living, not the dead. You have made a serious error.”

 “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures,…”  What a telling statement!  Our mistake so often is that we don’t know the Scriptures.  Can Jesus tell us any more clearly the necessity to be in the Word of God, studying, asking for the Holy Spirit to guide, bring to life, give understanding and application?  Do we make the same mistake of taking a thought and trying to build a whole principle, philosophy, ideology around it without a clear understanding of the whole?  Careful here is what can be seen. Careful to be found in the Word, in prayer asking for understanding.  Careful to not add to it or take from it. ” …you don’t know the power of God.”  Do not limit God can be applied in so many ways.  Our limitations do not limit God.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  God’s Word builds our faith, His power can be our source, but we need to know this and that knowing involves time in God’s Word.  So what did Jesus state about what we have been given?

So he is the God of the living, not the dead. You have made a serious error.”  They had made a serious error through lack of knowledge.  There are things about God and His creation we just do not know.  We have limited knowledge and vision much like the child that Jesus said would inherit the kingdom of God.  What we do know from this is that there is a resurrection, we will be different, and God is a God of the living.  Our belief does not kill the living of life but enhances it; does not create a people who appear to be the living dead but they are active and alive! Now we can exercise/practice our faith, believing in something not seen but stated by Christ.  There is life here and later, after death and neither is inactive.  Let God’s Word be found active and alive in us.

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