“But Jesus answered and said to them, ‘You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God’” (Matthew 22:29).

Having taken an ancient teaching regarding family responsibility (Deuteronomy 25:5), and construing it into a scenario pertaining to life in the resurrection (22:28), the Sadducees (who don’t even believe in the resurrection) are guilty of a common blunder in the reading of scripture—seeking to understand the eternal things of God based up on our own temporal desires and experiences. Knowing that the first things (Revelation 21) will all pass away, we must learn read scripture with an expectancy that far exceeds anything this world can offer.

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