Posts Tagged Lk 20:27-40 The Question About The Resurrection
The resurrection. We have modern-day questions about this. Shall we have our bodies back on resurrection day? How about those who have been cremated? Shall we look like zombies? Shall we be recognized by those who have long been gone ahead of us?
I believe these should be God’s problems, not ours. We should be more concerned with the question whether we are worthy of resurrection in the first place. Will God find our life worth resurrecting after death? Will we have faith enough to survive the afterlife?
I am sure the woman and the brother husbands will have a good laugh when they meet in heaven. In the afterlife, there will be no more stupid laws like the one that forced them all into marriage.
Heaven for me is God allowing us to continue and live on the many good and happy moments we shared on earth, this time sharing them with God himself.
Luke 20:38 he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him
The essence of the Sadducees’ question revolved upon their doctrinal denial of the resurrection. Their question was designed to make this doctrine sound ridiculous. Jesus knew this was the essence of the inquiry and taught them the truth about the resurrection.
“Perhaps the most effective way to handle antagonistic, improper, or irrelevant questions is to use them as a springboard for answering the questions that should have been asked. Even if the questioner objects, you may have been able to plant good seeds in the mind of any listener who is honestly seeking the truth. Effective teachers learn to mold poor or irrelevant student questions into teaching moments.” (Millet and McConkie, Sustaining and Defending the Faith, 115)
“The Savior, sensing that the real question was not whose wife she would be, but whether or not there was indeed a resurrection, answered their direct question but briefly…Then the Master dealt with the real substance of the question: ‘But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living’ (Matthew 22:30-32).
“The honest in heart who were present quickly recognized the unassailable logic used by the Savior: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had all died many years before—yet God still said he was their God and that he was God only of the living. Therefore, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob must still be living! Certain of the scribes who were present exclaimed, ‘Master, thou hast well said.’ The logic silenced the Sadducees, ‘and after that they durst not ask him any question at all’ (Luke 20:39-40).” (Daniel H. Ludlow, Selected Writings of Daniel H. Ludlow: Gospel Scholars Series [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 2000], 241.)
“How can there be a God unless there is a resurrection? Why would God create men and then let them vanish into nothingness? To be God he must be the God of something, and the dead are nothing; hence, there are no dead, ‘for all live unto him,’ ‘for he raiseth them up out of their graves.’” (Bruce Mc. Conkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965-1973], 1: 608.)