Seeing God Changes Everything
This passage has much to say. It speaks of disbelief of some, it raises the subject of marriage, addresses heaven, affirms the resurrection, it points to the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and it speaks of who God is. It is my opinion the primary purpose of the text is the last subject mentioned; this is a passage that reveals God.
The Bible is the greatest literature of all-time and the all-time best seller. It has a rich variety of genres that were written to reveal God and his word to mankind.
The same day Sadducees came to [Jesus]. The Sadducees:
þ Believed only the Pentateuch
þ Liberal minded secularists
þ Denied the supernatural
þ Theologically liberal
God lovingly wanted them to know that he is the great I AM, the God of the living.
“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” (Exodus 3:6a ESV) (See Matthew 22:31b-32a)
God is a present tense God of the living, whose faith in him has made them alive.
The Sadducees missed the great message of God for which the Bible has been written, and they missed his self-revelation in Jesus Christ. Jesus, who is God in the flesh, came to earth to make known the great I AM.
The great call of God to the church is to make Jesus, the Son of God, known to the nations. When people respond correctly, they have done so to God with faith, love and self-denial. With unbelief, the Sadducees did the opposite. Their unbelief resulted in being eternally separated from God and being unable to see and understand eternal truths.
They didn’t have the right understanding on many subjects, including marriage, heaven and the resurrection because they neither knew the Scriptures nor the power of God (Matthew 22:29).
With an eternal scope of God consider: