The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. Matthew 22:23-29
It’s a repetitive theme in the gospels, but the religious leaders once again are trying to test Jesus. Now notice they are trying to test Christ on his interpretation of Moses (Mosaic Law), and their position is there is no resurrection. For Christianity, the resurrection of Christ , is the central theme of our faith. As the Apostle Paul said “If Christ is not risen, then our faith is useless” (1 Corinthians 15:17)
The religious leaders try to use some ridiculous scenario, where a husband dies and his wife and passed down to each brother, as they all died also. The reality of this example is non-existent, everyone knows the possibility of all this happening is pretty much impossible, but these are the types of arguments you get against Christianity, arguments that are based on emotion rather than logic and reason. Jesus shut them down pretty quick by saying “You don’t know the scriptures and you don’t know God”
By Jesus telling the religious leaders of Israel, they don’t know the scriptures and they don’t know God, would be very insulting for them since they claim to have devoted their lives to the scriptures and God. Jesus was pointing out the unsincerity in their hearts, these guys didn’t truly love God, they loved their religion and power
For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine. Matthew 22:30-33
The Resurrection is the foundation for our faith, we worship a Risen Lord, we worship the God of the living and not the dead. Anyone who rejects the Risen Christ, rejects God. The same God of Abraham , Isaac, and Jacob is the same God of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the religious leaders couldn’t comprehend this because they didn’t truly know or love God.
Those who reject the living soul, also reject God. How can God be the God of the Living if your not alive? As the Apostle Paul also said “To depart from the body is to be with The Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8) We worship a Risen Lord, the same Lord over Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the same Lord over Matthew, Mark, Luke , and John, The Lord of all Lords , The God of the Living, Amen!