Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, ‘Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.’
Reflection by Duke Yaguchi
Many times throughout Jesus' life, there were church and temple elders, leaders, clergy who wanted to trip up Jesus with an impossible question. I imagine they were not only trying to discredit Jesus but raise their own status by showing off their cleverness in front of others.
Do you know someone who takes pleasure in belittling people in front of others? I do. I try to avoid people like that. They can take the most innocent little thing and turn it into a weapon. Or sometimes, it is a big deal, and they like to become the town crier and announce someone's shortcomings to the world. Polly and I each have a brother who does this. And usually they end their torturous sling with a laugh, half pretending it is just a joke, and half enjoying the pain they think is being secretly dispensed.
I can understand why the Sadducees were trying to trip up Jesus. He threatened the status quo. He threatened how people pictured God. He was a revolutionary telling people they could have a personal relationship with God. How dare this outsider try to shake things up!
Dear God. I thank you for sending Jesus into the world. I thank you for His quiet ways of disrupting the status quo. I thank you for His ability to open our eyes to a loving God, even thousands of years after Christ's passing. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.