Matthew 22:23-33 continues an unfriendly trend. Next in line to try to trip Jesus up with a whopper of a question? Enter the Sadducees, lesser-known counterparts of the more numerous Pharisees. different yet similar, control freaks in love with their own ideas.
Their question? Something to do with the afterlife, which they denied. A complicated riddle designed to mock and disprove, not worship Jesus.
Their problem? They did not believe what God said or did. They denied His Word and works. Even as they were engaged in supposedly leading people to God. They didn't know what they claimed to know. Professing to be wise, they became fools. Exchanged God's glory for their greed. Built their pride-filled following rather than God's permeating kingdom.
The danger for us is two-fold. First, there is the subtle danger of thinking we know better than God. That our faulty logic is somehow superior to His infinite wisdom. Second, there is the arrogant presumption that we can explain away the supernatural. We must guard against both, shielding ourselves from ignorance as well as insisting on only what our finite minds can comprehend.
The cure? The Holy Spirit and the unadulterated Word of God. Yield yourself to the Spirit of God, who will transform your heart, mind and observable life. Don't mock or oppose Jesus, align yourself and imitate. Let the overflow of His life in you bless friend and foe alike.
All praise to the Lord Jesus Christ. I have been saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, as revealed in Scripture alone, for God's glory alone. Jesus loves you!
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