Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor 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. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the 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 God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.” Mark 12:24-27
Once again Jesus’ enemies, members of a sect called the Sadducees, attempted to discredit Him by finding a flaw in His teaching about the resurrection. Jesus’ answer to them also corrects a number of other errors related to angels and truth.
The most important take-away
Perhaps the most important take-away from this selection is the challenge to flee from error through the knowledge of the Scriptures and of the power of God. Over and over the Bible announces to us the importance of grasping its teaching deeply. But understanding of divine revelation needs to be joined with a knowledge of God who is powerful.
Don’t fall prey to the common errors of ignorance and unbelief. Seek to know His word well and to know the Almighty who has come to us in His Son. As the Apostle Paul wrote:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16
For more reflections on today’s reading, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.