3 Wed Jun 2009
Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, â€œTeacher, Moses wrote for us that â€˜if a manâ€™s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.â€™ There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children; and the second married her and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman herself died. In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had married her.â€
Jesus said to them, â€œIs not this the reason you are wrong, that 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 story about the bush, how God said to him, â€˜I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacobâ€™? He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.