Jesus was once questioned about the resurrection of the dead. The question is specifically about the topic of marriage at the resurrection. The group of people who asked the question are a curious group. They are called the Sadducees. This group did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, so that means they are simply trying to trap Jesus in his words.
The Sadducees ask Jesus about a hypothetical woman who is married and her husband dies. Since they had no children, his brother is to marry her and try to keep the family name alive through a child. The poor lady has this same thing happen to her seven times. Each and every sibling in the family marries this cursed woman and each one dies. So in the resurrection of the dead whose wife will she be since she was married to seven different men?
Jesus gives the most interesting response to this question. In Matthew 22:29 (NIV) it says “Jesus replied, ‘You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.’”
Say what Jesus?
Could he not give them one straight answer? Just say a number between one and seven and this issue will be settled.
Instead, Jesus points them to an important detail about their question. They had not understood what the scriptures said about marriage and the afterlife. They also did not understand how God worked. They had arrived at conclusions about people and issues without an adequate knowledge of the Bible, or the nature of God revealed in his word.
This is the trap of all generations.
There is a possibility that the questions you have about God and faith are right there in your Bible and yet you never look. The answers you find there might surprise you. They may not be the easiest or most natural answer.
To this question, Jesus says that they missed the fact that there will be no marriage in the resurrection. Then he goes a step further and says that those who have died are still living in the afterlife. God is not the God of the dead but the living.
What he says astonishes the crowds gathered that day. The Sadducees leave, and the quiet sound of deep thinking filled the air.
It sounds like the most basic Sunday School answer to longtime believers, but it still the best one. Read your Bible. Read it again and again. Study it. Think about it. Bring it into your life both morning and night. Spend time in God’s word.
The answer to most of the questions in life is found within the pages of scripture. When we mess up, it is often because we do not know the scriptures or the power of God.
Easy answer. Simple application