Mark Has Some Good News, Part 52, Hypothetically Ignorant

Mark 12:

The Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection

18 And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, 19 "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife."

24 Jesus said to them, "Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong."


God does not deal with us hypothetically. It's not as if he sits on his throne in heaven and looks at our lives in his creation and meticulously plans in hypothesis what we are going to do.


So he knows who we are born to, who we marry, who we sin against and who we love. He knows everything. Now we have freedom to do what we want. Make no mistake we are the ones who choose life and death in God's will. Yet time like all things was made by God.


So when asked about a hypothetical time line, Jesus knowing just how time works and more importantly how God works with time.


And he shows us an interesting fact about how God works. Jesus quotes scripture and uses words the way they show up in the text. To say that Jesus read his bible literally is one thing. It's not like we could call him up and get a comment on his own personal exegesis. But here he shows us that word count when the Ghost inspires people to write them down and with the use of one word "am" silences a hypothetical scapegoat and shows the will of the father.


If Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are alive with God then God has plans for us when we die. So the point isn't the tradition of who gets to sleep with the wife after all the brothers are made alive in God. The point is that God makes people to live with him after this life. The religious leaders (and I use that term skeptically) were more concerned with conjugal partners then the fact that we might get to live with the creator of everything when we die. And instead of pursuing that fact, they pursued who gets to have sex first in heaven


They weren't interested in what God had said to their people through his scriptures. They wanted to talk about what God had left silence for an answer.


Where are you avoiding what is written down for your own good to pursue hypothetical ignorance?