The Elaborate Trap

Luke 20:27-38
Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, “Teacher,  Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.”

Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.

The Elaborate Trap

I can just imagine this group of Sadducees sitting around the table discussing Jesus. They didn’t believe in life after death and Jesus kept preaching about a great day in which the dead would rise in glory. 

They had heard and witnessed how the Pharisees had tried to trick Jesus into saying something for which they could condemn him. 

The Sadducees knew that, since the Pharisees believed in the resurrection, they would never have considered a scheme using life after death as the bait in the trap. I can imagine the first one to think of it laying it out for his friends approval. “We will use the words of Moses against Jesus. Moses said that, if a man dies, before having children, his brother must marry the widow and give her children. Let’s ask Jesus who’s wife she’d be in this resurrection that he keeps talking about.” Then the second Saduce would have said, “Great idea. But let’s say that that brother died and a third brother married her.” 

Then I imagine another Sadducee giggling and saying, “Why stop with three brothers? Let’s make it seven brothers! Oh this is going to really make a fool of this Jesus character.”

They had laid such an elaborate plan that they were sure Jesus would find it impossible to get out of it.

However. Jesus side stepped the trap and got right at the heart of their philosophy. He knew they rejected the resurrection but they also revered Moses. So he showed them how Moses himself believed in the resurrection of the dead.

As Christians we must be careful of the snares that satan places in our path. Don’t be tricked by the questions. Look beyond the question and find the motivation for it. Then, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you will be able to avoid the attack.

Prayer:

Savior protect us from the evil one. Let us not be lead into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, power, and glory forever and ever. Amen.

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