He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.

Here the Teacher affirms the coming resurrection of the dead. And He reveals that while the dead are temporarily separated from their bodies, they are in some sense still very much alive!

Jesus quotes Moses who referred to God as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Yet at the time, all these men were dead. How then could God still be their God?

The obvious answer? They still live. At death their spirits returned to God and wait with all others who have died for the day of the resurrection from the dead.

But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection.

Some of the teachers of the law responded, "Well said, teacher!" And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Everyone who ever lived still lives!

1 comment:

  1. Interesting story. Teaching on eternal life is cool - but the other details are interesting as well.

    The Sadducees come and ask questions about the resurrection - in which they don't believe. (How hard was did that make it to figure out their incincerity?)

    The teachers of the Law, who are brooding about Jesus, who have been trying in vain to trap him, are now complimenting him! (They argued with the Sadducees all the time - unable to silence them as Jesus did - they are impressed - but not enough to actually listen to Jesus.)

    Are we like that? Do we tend to compliment and agree with the teachings of Jesus only when it fits our thinking? Or do we also consider those things that are difficult to understand, and challenging for us to put into practice in our lives?