Defeating the Subtleties of the Sadducess
Luke 20:27 And some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and questioned Him, (28) Saying, Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If anyone’s brother has a wife and dies, and this one is childless, his brother should take the wife and raise up seed to his brother. (29) There were then seven brothers. And the first took a wife and died childless; (30) And the second; (31) And the third took her; and similarly the seven also did not leave children and died. (32) Finally the woman also died. (33) In the resurrection, therefore, which one’s wife does the woman become? For the seven had her as wife. (34) And Jesus said to them, The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, (35) But those who are counted worthy to obtain that age and the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage; (36) For neither can they die anymore, for they are equal to angels, and they are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. (37) But that the dead are raised, even Moses disclosed in the section concerning the bush, when he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. (38) Now He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all men are living.
In 20:27-38 the Man-Savior was examined by the Sadducees. Verse 27 says, “And some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and questioned Him.” They went on to present to the Lord a case of a man who died leaving his wife childless. Here [vv 34] the Lord indicates that marriage is something of this age. But those who are worthy of the coming age and of the resurrection of the dead will be equal to angels, and there will be no marriage among them. No doubt, the Sadducees never imagined that there would be such an age, an age of resurrection.
Since God is the God of the living and is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, this indicates that the dead Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will be resurrected. Otherwise, God would be the God of the dead. But the fact that He is the God of the living implies that one day Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will be resurrected. From this we see that the divine title– the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob- implies the truth of resurrection.
In the Lord’s answer to the Sadducees we see His wisdom not only in answering their subtle question but also in understanding the depths of God’s Word. It takes wisdom to understand the depths of the divine title. The Man-Savior certainly knew the Word of God. Unlike the Sadducees, who were very superficial, the Lord had the wisdom to penetrate into the depths of the holy Word.