The Sadducees only accepted a part of the scripture but rejected any scripture about resurrection and other powers of God such as angels and spirits (Acts 23:8). The basis of the Sadducees’ question to Jesus in Luke 20:27-47 is the law of the Levite marriage found in Deut. 25:5-10 which states that if a married man dies without children, his brother should marry his wife to carry out the family line.
The Sadducees set up a scenario for Jesus where seven brothers die without children and ask this question about resurrection: which of the brothers will have her as a wife at resurrection? Jesus had to explain to them that they completely misunderstood the resurrection. Jesus explained to them that those who get to take part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will not marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die (vv. 35-36). He explained that we cannot think of heaven in the same way as we think of life on earth.
As we go through life, we will run into those who will try to trick or deceive us in order to bring our faith down just like the Sadducees did in today’s passage. To step ahead of these roadblocks along the path, we need to do what Jesus did. He didn’t ridicule but was patient, loving, and concerned about the souls of those asking Him the questions.
This day with You Lord, we pray that we follow Your instructions on how to react to absurd questions others ask in order to get us off track. Help us to learn the Scripture so we can base our answers on Your Word. Your Word is like a double edged sword that we can use to fight against those that would like to bring us down. Amen!