Matthew 22:23-46 The Message Bible

The Question about the Resurrection

23  That same day, Sadducees approached him. This is the party that denies any possibility of resurrection. 24  They asked, "Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies childless, his brother is obligated to marry his widow and get her with child. 25  Here's a case where there were seven brothers. The first brother married and died, leaving no child, and his wife passed to his brother. 26  The second brother also left her childless, then the third - and on and on, all seven. 27  Eventually the wife died. 28  Now here's our question: At the resurrection, whose wife is she? She was a wife to each of them." 29  Jesus answered, "You're off base on two counts: You don't know your Bibles, and you don't know how God works. 30  At the resurrection we're beyond marriage. As with the angels, all our ecstasies and intimacies then will be with God. 31  And regarding your speculation on whether the dead are raised or not, don't you read your Bibles? The grammar is clear: God says, 32  'I am - not was - the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.' The living God defines himself not as the God of dead men, but of the living." 33  Hearing this exchange the crowd was much impressed.

The Great Commandment

34  When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. 35  One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: 36  "Teacher, which command in God's Law is the most important?" 37  Jesus said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.' 38  This is the most important, the first on any list. 39  But there is a second to set alongside it: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' 40  These two commands are pegs; everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs from them."

The Question about David's Son

41  As the Pharisees were regrouping, Jesus caught them off balance with his own test question: 42  "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said, "David's son." 43  Jesus replied, "Well, if the Christ is David's son, how do you explain that David, under inspiration, named Christ his 'Master'? 44  God said to my Master, "Sit here at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool." 45  "Now if David calls him 'Master,' how can he at the same time be his son?" 46  That stumped them, literalists that they were. Unwilling to risk losing face again in one of these public verbal exchanges, they quit asking questions for good.

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