2021_06_02 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
This week's reading- Mark 11-12
In Jesus’ life on earth, He really upset the religious establishment. In our reading this week we see Him seriously getting under the skin of the Temple leaders. These leaders were also members of a Jewish group called Sadducees. Sadducees didn’t believe in any kind of resurrection or after-life. Although they were very rigorous in their religious practices, they were very much “living for the moment” since they believed this life is all we get.
They were fewer in number than the Pharisees, but they held prominent positions of leadership which gave them great influence. The Sadducees were the ones profiting from the temple market sales, and Jesus was really messing up their business - and for the second time! To discredit and eliminate Jesus’ influence, they posed a theological scenario about marriage in the afterlife (that they didn’t even believe in) to publicly disgrace Him. Instead of giving into their plan, Jesus raised a question back to them... Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?” Mark 12:24 (NIV)
The time when Jesus would be arrested and killed was approaching quickly, so He cut to the real issue of the Sadducee’s error, and then answered their question directly from the scripture. The Bible is clear that there will be an afterlife, that our relationships will be significantly different, and marriage will be unnecessary. I love how Jesus didn’t “take the bait” and instead, turned the focus back on the error of His opponents. By simply saying what the Bible clearly teaches, both His enemies, and the audience can choose what they will believe and follow.
You and I can learn from this, and be cognizant of the same challenge when it comes to values we hold close and live by. Are we living in a way that reflects that we understand both, what the Bible teaches, and the real power of God? This is why we need to be regularly reading and studying the Bible, applying all we learn, and trusting God to carry us through.