Good heavens I am behind again!
Doing daily blog entries in the midst of a pretty busy life gets a little demanding. So I let things slide a day or two and then trying to get back on top of things is nearly impossible! So I am praying for the power to get caught up tonight!
In our scripture reading for today, the Sadducees are playing a power game with Jesus. This passage is just loaded with, well, I guess you’d call it irony? Here is the deal, the Sadducees were a political movement within the Jewish culture of the day, they were the conservatives to the Pharisee’s slightly more liberal nature. They see a threat to their power in Jesus and try to get him cornered with this bizarrely odd hypothetical question.
This is one of those instances where I think Jesus must have just smiled (at least inside) as they spun out what they deemed as a deep question. Here is the deal,if I recall correctly, the Sadducees didn’t believe in life after death, so this question is absurd from its very premise.
It seems Jesus see’s a power play at work and in one of the only times in scripture, he not only rebukes the Sadducees but to use a modern phrase he completely “disses” them!
Jesus said to them, “Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God?
It’s true, they were missing the point of everything, for the power of God isn’t about establishing structures, political movements or anything else. The power of God is about life. It had been so since the very beginning when God created; there was life, and it was good!
Jesus puts and exclamation point on this in the last verse of the day.
“He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.”
God’s power is used to bring life. The cross shows us the appropriate use of power, and that is life.