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Lesson # Matt. 22:29-30
Study Material - Matt. 22:29-30
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
29 Jesus [Iesous] answered [apokrinomai] and [de] said [epo] unto them [autos] , Ye do err [planao] , not [me] knowing [eido] the scriptures [graphe] , nor [mede] the power [dunamis] of God [theos] .
30 For [gar] in [en] the resurrection [anastasis] they neither [oute] marry [gameo] , nor [oute] are given in marriage [ekgamizo] , but [alla] are [eisi] as [hos] the angels [aggelos] of God [theos] in [en] heaven [ouranos] . KJV-Interlinear
29 But Jesus answered and said to them, 'You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures, or the power of God. 30 'For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. NAS
The Sadducees not only rejected the concept of the resurrection, but they rejected the existence of angels, too. Angels were mentioned many times within the first five books of the Bible, the books of Moses, which the Sadducees held high in their philosophy. And as we have seen, their beliefs were rather selective.
Expecting Jesus to simply walk away, humiliated by their powerful wisdom, Jesus instead shocked them with a review of their extremely impotent knowledge. They represented and held the high offices of the Temple. They saw themselves as the recognized experts, the authorities of the scriptures (the ones that they recognized themselves, of course). They perceived that the people looked to them for their wisdom and knowledge. But here Jesus puts them in their place, and in front of a very large crowd. How embarrassing!
They began by thinking that they would embarrass Jesus, and instead, He kicks the rug out from under them. But Jesus does it now in the reverse order of their question. 'You are mistaken.'
Mistaken means to have wandered off course, to deceive, to stray from reality. So Jesus really calls them on their implied truth. They ridiculed life. They presumed that life as we know it, will perpetuate itself in eternity. But then they did not believe in eternity. So go figure. Heaven is not a mere extension of this earthly life with all its pleasures and problems. It is a much higher plane and a total replacement of life, with something infinitely better.
They not only do not understand the scriptures, in which they saw themselves as experts, but they did not understand the power of God. God designed the universe in all its detail and vastness. God created it as well, in an instant. Cannot God change life from a corruptible state, into an incorruptible state? Of course. God is God. He is omnipotent. He is able to do anything. Didn't Jesus walk on water? Didn't He change water into wine? Couldn't He raise up descendants of Abraham from the stones of the field? Of course.
These Sadducees placed arbitrary restrictions on God. Restrictions of their own design. They had in fact invented the concept of God, within their own minds. Consequently they have totally misunderstood Gods character and power. They have totally misunderstood the scriptures as well. God is not on an equal footing with mankind, but infinitely higher.
In the beginning, in eternity past, God created the angels, all of them, simultaneously. They did not have procreation. They did not have sex to make new angels. They all came into existence at the same moment and they have all lived the same length of time.
The angels were present when the universe was created. They witnessed it. Were the Sadducees there? No. Was any man there? No. Yet the Sadducees arbitrarily determine what is and what is not, with no basis in fact whatsoever.
On earth man has a limited life. We are corruptible, therefore procreation is required in order to perpetuate the human race. Once eternity sets in, procreation is no longer a requirement. There will be no further 'new' life in eternity. Also, each person is an individual. Whether male or female, makes no difference. We are all individuals with independent souls. We neither belong to another, nor will we have possession of others.
Relations will exist obviously, but on a friendship basis not on a marital basis, as Jesus has just stated. Whatever pleasures, passions, lusts, needs, desires, and so forth you have in this life, these will go away and be replaced by something far better. We will have a resurrection body like the Lords. After His resurrection, He walked 'through' the closed door, a solid door of wood. Can any of us walk through solid objects? No. But after the rapture, when we receive our very own personalized resurrection bodies, we too will have this ability. Cool! Jesus ascended through the heavens (universe). Can we do that now? No. But in the future we will be able to travel anywhere in the universe. Double cool! Use your imagination and dream up anything you would like to be able to do (legitimate things of course). Remember that God has waiting for us, things beyond, repeat, beyond our imaginations. Now think up things. You thought that the imagination had no limit, but we can go only so far. God will take us beyond that. Triple cool!
The Sadducees sought only harm toward Jesus. They did not seek the truth. So it is, with negative people. They lack knowledge of the scriptures and therefore they lack knowledge and understanding of Gods power.
When knowledge is so easy to obtain, then who really is the fool? Anyone who just does not get with a Bible study, and stick with it. You risk losing a lot, by ignoring God, Bible study, and/or trying to play little games with your spiritual life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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