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Two Things We Often Forget

By Don Loftis | 07.06.11

One day shortly before Jesus’ death, some Sadducees came to Him with a hypothetical question about a woman who married a sequence of seven brothers with each dying. They wanted to know to which one of the seven she would be married in the resurrection. Of course they were trying to trap Jesus, because the Sadducees did not even believe in a resurrection.

Jesus’ answer silenced them. He told them that in the spiritual realm there was no fleshly marriage, but that individuals would be like the angels. However, His opening remarks leave us two crucial lessons. He said to the Jews (Matthew 22:29), “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.”

Too often we err not really knowing what the Scriptures say. The Bible is the most widely distributed book in the world, but it is not always read. Biblical ignorance often leads to misquotes and misunderstandings. Each individual must open and read the Scriptures, because faith comes only by hearing the Word of God.

Also, many people fail to appreciate the power of God. They doubt His ability to have created the world. They question how He can hear the prayers of millions of people at the same time. Like the Sadducees, they doubt the details of the resurrection and the final judgment. We need to be reassured that God is able to solve the knottiest of human issues and to deliver on every one of His great promises.


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