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Matthew 22:25-28

Lesson # Matt. 22:25-28
Study Material - Matt. 22:25-28

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Matt. 22:25-28

25 Now [de] there were [en] with [para] us [hemin] seven [hepta] brethren [adelphos] : and [kai] the first [protos] , when he had married a wife [gameo] , deceased [teleutao] , and [kai] , having [echo] no [me] issue [sperma] , left [aphiemi] his [autos] wife [gune] unto his [autos] brother [adelphos] :
26 Likewise [homoios] the second [deuteros] also [kai] , and [kai] the third [tritos] , unto [heos] the seventh [hepta] .
27 And [de] last [husteron] of all [pas] the woman [gune] died [apothnesko] also [kai] .
28 Therefore [oun] in [en] the resurrection [anastasis] whose [tis] wife [gune] shall she be [esomai] of the seven [hepta] ? for [gar] they all [pas] had [echo] her [autos] . KJV-Interlinear

Matt. 22:25-28

25 'Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother; 26 so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh. 27 'And last of all, the woman died. 28 'In the resurrection therefore whose wife of the seven shall she be? For they all had her.' NAS

Once upon a time, there were these seven brothers ... And each of them married this woman ... One at a time of course. This is a family story. Anyway, as each married the woman they proceeded to die. The next brother in turn married the woman, and died. Then the next brother married her and died. Hummm! Do you think this lady was bad luck or something? Anyway, when number seven's turn came around, you would think that he would wonder just what his chances of survival might be. He was either very noble, or she was 'very' beautiful, or he was very stupid. Anyway, he married her and then died. No more brothers to marry now, so she died. End of story?

Ahhh! The $64 question now is, who is the rightful husband in eternity. This would make a good multiple choice question. The first husband, perhaps, or the last husband? Maybe none of them wanted to have anything to do with her, even in eternity! She was bad luck.

So it goes. The Sadducees presented this elaborate question, from their infinite wisdom of course. It is saturated with ridicule and sarcasm. They did not even believe in the afterlife, and they did not believe in the traditions of mankind. Their god was profit, and of course god, or the concept of god, was a very good marketing tool. Everyone believed in a deity of some sort, and so they might as well take advantage of it. They had all these money machines in the Temple, selling the sacrificial lambs and such. I'll bet they even had little lamb ornaments on necklaces to sell. After all marketing is marketing. Do you own a cross necklace? That's ok. It's not a sin.

The question is elaborate, and intended to show that the traditions of the masses were foolish. Why should a brother be bound to take over the wife of a former brother? They intended to show that marriage was a relative state, and meaningless. Why then would people remarry after death? Even divorces were a common occurrence. They intended to show that anything in life when carried over into eternity would not solve anything, but complicate relationships and life in general. So why would anyone want to live in eternity with even more problems than they had in this life?

But their attitude is to be expected. They were hypocrites. They practiced an occupation that they did not believe in - the priesthood. Priests to what? To whom? If Adam died nearly 4000 years prior to the cross, with no chance of a future, then why would God promise him a savior? Wouldn't he have to live or come to life again in order to be delivered from his death? Likewise, Moses, the one they 'used' most often in their daily arguments. Emphasis on the word 'used.' Moses too, was dead, as was Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Were their testimonies for nothing? Was their genetic line meaningless? Was the spiritual line they represented, meaningless as well? Yet these Sadducees used all of these (the first five books of the Bible), Gods people, Gods nation, Gods chosen, in their daily occupation - the Priesthood. And not just the priesthood, but 'The' 'Priesthood' the 'High Priesthood' selected by God Himself. Yet they did not believe in the resurrection. We are born, we live and we die. And during life we make a profit and live good, very good, and at the expense of all those people, 'common' people, who really do believe in a higher power.

The Sadducees were a disgusting lot. They were the antithesis of everything good, honest, honorable, and moral. The seven brothers 'had' her. These Sadducees had a low opinion of women. 'To whom will she belong?' Women have no rights, but to belong to someone. A common attitude of many religions, but certainly not Christianity.

Christianity is a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. The feminine and masculine characteristics are illustrations of various aspects of our relationship with God. The 'Song of Solomon' is a very good book which portrays this intense and very intimate relationship.

Now these Sadducees were standing right in front of the creator of the universe, and proposing to trip Him up. The man, the God/man, the unique person of the universe, who knew every thought they would ever have, and had known them since eternity past - foreknowledge. They are so arrogant that they think that they can fool God?

Well, people do this all of the time. We all have three areas of responsibilities in life. Do you remember them? Do you abide by them? Or, are you playing a subtle game with God, too? Think of the Bible as our marriage vow with God. Do we 'obey' or do we do what ever is convenient for ourselves? Hummm!

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