Then some Sadducees, who believe that people will not rise from death, came to question Jesus (168).
They said, “Teacher, Moses wrote this law for us: ‘If a man dies and leaves a wife but no children, that man’s brother must marry the widow. Then, any children of the brother & the widow are to be considered as heirs of the the dead man.’ So, we have a question for you about that.
“Once there were seven brothers; the oldest got married and died without having children. Then the second one married his widow, but he also died before any children were born. The same thing happened to the third brother and then to the rest; all seven brothers died without having children. Last of all, the woman herself died.”
Then, with scarcely concealed contempt, they asked: “Since all seven had married her, whose wife will she be on the day when the dead rise to life?”
Jesus answered them, “Your question is all wrong, because you don’t understand the inspired scriptures, and you certainly don’t understand God’s power.
“The men and women of this age marry. But the men and women who rise from death to live in the next age will not marry. Instead, they will all be like angels, who live only to praise & serve God.
“Furthermore, Moses clearly shows that the dead do indeed rise to life. In the passage about the burning bush – which occurs over 400 years after Abraham, Isaac & Jacob had physically died – Moses refers to the Lord as still being ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’
“So, even though their bodies died, as far as God is concerned, these fathers of our faith are still alive!”
(168) Matthew 22:23-33, Mark 12:18-27, Luke 20:27-40