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The Reverse Gotcha

"Jesus replied, 'You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead ----- have you not read what God said to you....' " (Matt.22:29-31).

So after the Sadducees proposed their "gotcha" question about the woman who married seven brothers in succession, Jesus lays a "gotcha" of His own on them. Just to refresh your memory, the Sadducees were one of the prominent religious groups of the day and were also a part of the Jewish Sanhedrin. Among their flaws was that they didn't believe in the resurrection, so their question was to bamboozle Jesus and make Him look foolish. Another flaw was that they did not know who they were messing with. Jesus' reply contained three reasons why their question was a bogus one, and they're pointed out in today's verses. When it comes time for us to defend our faith, it would be good to know these reasons... Number 1: You are in error because you do not know the scriptures... If the Sadducees had known their own Old Testament Law, they would have known a number of passages teaching the resurrection. (Dan.12:2; Job 19:25-26; Psa.16:10 & 23) One of Satan's deadliest weapons revolves around one's ignorance of the Scriptures... As it did then, and does now, this ignorance continues to hold millions in darkness today. Jesus was very clear when he said this; "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (Jn.10:31-32). No one can do better than what he knows. Jesus also said this; "You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me" (Jn.5:39). One of the biggest delusions in the world today is a sole dependence on human reason for guidance, instead of a knowledge of the Scriptures... (Read 1 Cor.1:18-19 & 2:5) Tomorrow we will look at the other two reasons that Jesus was able to take the Sadducees supposed "gotcha" question and blow it out of the water. Those reasons will help us with our faith today...

Have a wonderful day.... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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