|Silencing The Questioners
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
Jesus taught to take time to answer questions. With the Holy Spirit, modern technology and a good Bible search engine some questions are just easy to find the answer too. Without the Holy Spirit questions are often hard to answer with out understanding the reality of God. Most people can understand Biblical principals from a worldly understanding of theology, but to take it into oneís heart one must still have belief.
The Sadducees of Jesus day did not believe in the resurrection, or angels and yet they Jesus a question concerning these things hoping to trap him. Unbelievers love the idea of trapping their teacher or making someone look unbelievable or trustworthy on issues not visible. No one had seen heaven but by vision. No one not dead is able to prove the reality of heaven. Sadducees were men that defined their beliefs by tangible evidence. Their faith was in the law and the effects of the law but not in God. The idea of the resurrection was none existence, but they asked Jesus whose wife a woman would be in the resurrection if she married all seven brothers starting with the first one she married to the ones the ones that would care for her after each brotherís death. Tradition was the eldest brother took and cared for his brotherís wife if his brother died? The question was a good question for someone believing in a resurrection as Christ did. Yet the truth came out more clearly with they would be like the angels of heaven not given in marriage. Christ going even further with saying God is a God of living and not the dead, does not scripture say God was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but they all had died. To believe in God is to believe in the reality of God taking care of the believer beyond death. The belief life was eternal with faith meant that their would either be resurrection or those died were already with God. Resurrection would occur with Christ death. A resurrection that occurred did not convince the doubters later in scripture in Acts, enough time had passed no doubt and other regions had not heard the truth of what happened in Israel. Judaism was wide spread by the time of Christ death and resurrection that any not in Jerusalem would have to be told what happened to Jesus.
Sadducees were none believers had no hope of eternity. They believed on the principals and teachings of God has a life style. Yet they were asked how is God a God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the living, if these founders of faith are dead. Today there are people that believe in the Gospel of Jesus not in regards to faith but in regards to what he taught as being moral and good. They believe not beyond the attitude of good teacher. They believe not Jesus rose from the dead. They study a book they believe not beyond moral code of conduct along with other society code of conduct. To go through life with no belief in God beyond laws disallows you to believe in the ability of God performing a miracle when there is no hope. God is a God of miracles and hope. Jesus was a miracle worker and his disciples did miracles in his name. Jesus is not a God in a box but God or the resurrection. Jesus answer silenced the Sadducees. That left the Pharisees believers in the resurrection to try and in trap Jesus with His speech.
Dear Heavenly Father give us faith so we will believe in the resurrection has described through out scripture for you are a God of the living and not the dead. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Exodus 3:13-15 KJV
(13) And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
(14) And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
(15) And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.