“You Are Greatly Mistaken”
“You Are Greatly Mistaken”
We have been looking at what the Word says about the “power of God”.
A few days back we looked at a passage from Matthew where the Sadducees initiated an encounter with Jesus.
They were seeking to entrap Him with His words.
They were seeking to find fault with Him.
They were seeking to discredit Him.
Modern day Sadducees do the same.
Read what Mark says about the same encounter.
Note how Mark emphasizes the snarky hypocrisy of the Sadducees.
They did not believe in the resurrection.
Yet, they feigned sincerity in asking Jesus a question that had resurrection as a basis.
Watch how Jesus handles it.
Watch His forthrightness and boldness.
Some Sadducees (who say that there is no resurrection) came to Jesus,
and began questioning Him, saying,
“Teacher, Moses wrote for us that IF A MAN’S BROTHER DIES and leaves behind a wife AND LEAVES NO CHILD, HIS BROTHER SHOULD MARRY THE WIFE AND RAISE UP CHILDREN TO HIS BROTHER.
“There were seven brothers; and the first took a wife, and died leaving no children.
“The second one married her, and died leaving behind no children; and the third likewise;
and so all seven left no children. Last of all the woman died also.
“In the resurrection, when they rise again, which one’s wife will she be?
For all seven had married her.”
Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are mistaken,
that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God?
“For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage,
but are like angels in heaven.
“But regarding the fact that the dead rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’?
“He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; you are greatly mistaken.”
Jesus tells them directly that they are mistaken.
The premise of their inquiry was incorrect.
Then He tells them their problem.
They did not understand the Scripture…a shocking declaration to these “religious experts”.
They did not understand the Power of God.
Jesus corrects their foundational misunderstanding - the resurrection from the dead.
He gives and example from the book of Moses, the Pentateuch…first five books of the Bible…
God states that He is I AM…
I AM…the God of Abraham.
I AM…the God Isaac.
I AM…the God of Jacob.
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had long been dead…in the natural.
Now Jesus is declaring that they are alive.
Jesus then tells the Sadducees that they are greatly mistaken.
So is the organizational church and a large portion of the true church.
We do not understand the Scriptures.
We do not understand the Power of God.
The Lord wants to give understanding.
Do you want to receive?