Daily Devotional Monday 13th January 2020

by William Moody

Luke 20:27–40

Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection

27 There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28 and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man1 must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second 31 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32 Afterward the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.”

34 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36 for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons2 of the resurrection. 37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” 39 Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” 40 For they no longer dared to ask him any question.


[1] 20:28 Greek his brother
[2] 20:36 Greek huioi; see Preface


The Sadducees were a very liberal religious party who did not believe in many of the Biblical truths including the resurrection of the dead at the end of the world (v27).

The question they were putting to Jesus was based on a very far-fetched possibility (v28-33). They were not really seeking the answer to this question as they didn’t believe the resurrection would happen.

When we come to Jesus in His word we mustn’t come like the Sadducees with our own agenda, rather we must come with open hearts and minds to His truth and will.

Jesus teaches there will be no marriage in the world to come (v34-36). This might sound disappointing, but the reason for this is that marriage in this present world, is a shadow, pointing to the much greater marriage in the world to come between Jesus and His bride the church.

Jesus finishes by proving from scripture in the resurrection by showing that God revealed Himself to Moses as the God of the patriarchs, who although dead, were alive with God (v37-38). If this world is all there is then we are to be pitied (1 Corinthians 15 v12-19).

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