The scripture reading for today is Matthew 22: 23 – 33.
That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. “Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having any children, his brother must marry the widow and have children for him. Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. Finally, the woman died. Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”
Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection, people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angles in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead – have you not read what God said to you. I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”
When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.
Jesus quoted from the Pentateuch when arguing with the Sadducees, since those books had special authority for them. The reference is to the Levirate law which was given to protect the widow and guarantee continuance of the family line. He explains to them about the absence of marriage at resurrection. This greatly surprises the crowds. Now, they had to think outside of the box. Jesus chides them because they had not read what God said to them.
If you think about their scenario, the widow wouldn’t have had to change her last name six times, so that’s good news, but she probably got tired of those brothers and their family traits.
Their example brings to mind the song lyrics, “I am Henry the eighth I am, Henry the eight I am, I am. I got married to the widow next door, and she’d been married seven times before. Everyone was a Henry, there never was a Peter or a Paul. The eight I am, I’m Henry. Henry the eight I am.”
It’s okay to have a little laugh at the expense of the Sadducees. After all, today is April Fools’ Day, and they sure fit the name in this scriptural presentation of them.
Prayer Concern: Those who need a little humor in their life because of daily boredom