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A Gotcha Question

"Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?" (Matt.22:28).

Do you know what a "gotcha" question is? Many years ago at a pizza place near our home, the proprietor, Frank, knew that I was a teacher. Almost every time I walked in to buy something, with his rich Italian accent he would propose to me what he thought was the ultimate "gotcha" question.... "Professor.... Which come first, the chicken or the egg?" If I would answer, of course he would defend the opposite answer. After a while, I just smiled. The men who posed the question in today's verse were the Sadducees, who along with the Pharisees were an outstanding sect of the Jews in the time of Jesus. The major difference between the two sects was that the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection... The question posed in the verse came after a hypothetical scenario that they spun about a woman who had consecutively married seven brothers. She married the first and he died, without producing any children. According to the Law, she married his brother. This rapid succession continued until the last brother died, and then she died. You might want to look at Deut.25:5 to see where their information was coming from. After this outlandish story, today's chicken and egg question arose. The purpose of the question was not to learn, but to involve Jesus in what they thought was a hopeless explanation. On that same day,(Vs. 15-22) the Pharisees and Herodians asked whether it was lawful to give tribute (taxes) to Caesar or not... Another "gotcha" question... This same guile is the motive today in some questions that are asked of us about our faith. The Jehovah Witnesses, who come door to door, have a "gotcha" question or two in their repertoire designed to alter your faith. In following up on last week's series about authority, I would like to share with you some of the ways in which we can defend our faith. By the way, its not cheating to read ahead.... Gotcha....

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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