Saturday 15 August, 2015

Mark 12:18-27

18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 19 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children. 21 The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third. 22 In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too. 23 At the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?” 24 Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 26 Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

The Sadducees were people who did not believe in the spiritual realm- something like the modern day equivalent of humanists. They were trying to understand spiritual matters using their human experience and reasoning.

Jesus’ answer to the Sadducees questions was  “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?

We too can be like this when we face a difficult question or situation in life – relying on our own human reasoning and experience to solve the problem. This statement from Jesus is a really great reminder of the 2 main things that I need to face any situation or question in life – I need to know the Word of God and the power of God.

Today I think of a particular situation that I am facing and I ask myself where are the Scriptures and the power of God in this… What promises of Scripture can I apply to this situation?  Am I trusting that God has the power to work this situation out for good, even though my human understanding can’t see a way through?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight” – Prov. 3:5-6

Written by Shelley Witt

[comments section is closed]