116 Jesus teaches about life after death.

Exodus 3:6; Deuteronomy 25:5; Matthew 22:23–33; Mark 12:18–27; Luke 20:27–40

Why did the Sadducees think they would benefit from questioning Jesus (Matthew 22:23)?

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What purpose was served by presenting a scenario of seven brothers rather than just two or three (Matthew 22:25–28)?

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What did the Sadducees not understand about the scriptures and how God works (Matthew 22:29)?

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What did the Sadducees not understand about the scriptures and how God works (Matthew 22:29)?

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Where did Jesus get his understanding of Exodus 3:6 as evidence of the resurrection (Matthew 22:31–32)?

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Why did teachers of the Law think Jesus had given a very good answer (Luke 20:39)?

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What was there about Jesus’ teaching that impressed the crowd (Matthew 22:33)? Why might the Sadducees not have been impressed?

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Why were people reluctant to ask more questions (Luke 20:40)?

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The same day, some Sadducees, who believed there was no resurrection, came to question Jesus. “Teacher, Moses said, If a brother dies with no children, the widow must not marry someone outside the family. The surviving brother should marry her and have children for him.

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Deuteronomy 25:5 If two brothers live in the same area, and one of them dies with no children, the widow must not marry someone outside the family. The surviving brother should marry and sleep with her to fulfill his duty as brother-in-law.
Matthew 22:23–24 The same day, some Sadducees, who believed there was no resurrection, came to question Jesus. “Teacher, Moses said, If a brother dies with no children, the widow must not marry someone outside the family. The surviving brother should marry her and have children for him.
Mark 12:18–19 Some Sadducees, who believed there was no resurrection, came to question Jesus. 19 “Teacher, Moses said, If a brother dies with no children, the widow must not marry someone outside the family. The surviving brother should marry her and have children for him.
Luke 20:27–28 Some Sadducees, who believed there was no resurrection, came to question Jesus. 28 “Teacher, Moses said, If a brother dies with no children, the widow must not marry someone outside the family. The surviving brother should marry her and have children for him.
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Deuteronomy 25:5 If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband’s brother unto her.
Matthew 22:23–24 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
Mark 12:18–19 Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man’s brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
Luke 20:27–28 Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him, Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man’s brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

“Once, there were seven brothers, and the oldest brother died without children. After marrying the widow, the second brother had no children when he died. The third brother did the same. This continued until the barren wife had married all seven brothers. Finally, the woman died, still childless. On the day when the dead rise to life, whose wife will this woman be? All seven were married to her.”

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Matthew 22:25–28 “Once, there were seven brothers and the oldest brother died without children, leaving his widow to his younger brother. Likewise, the second brother had no children when he died. This continued until the barren wife had married all seven brothers. Finally, the woman died, still childless. On the day when the dead rise to life, whose wife will this woman be? All seven were married to her.”
Mark 12:20–23 “Once, there were seven brothers, and the oldest brother married and died without children. After marrying the widow, the second brother had no children when he died, and the third brother did the same. This continued until the barren wife had married all seven brothers. Finally, the woman died, still childless. On the day when the dead rise to life, whose wife will this woman be? All seven were married to her.”
Luke 20:29–33 “Once, there were seven brothers and the oldest brother married and died without children. After marrying the widow, the second brother had no children when he died. The third brother did the same. This continued until the barren wife had married all seven brothers. Finally, the woman died, still childless. On the day when the dead rise to life, whose wife will this woman be? All seven were married to her.”
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Matthew 22:25–28 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.1 And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
Mark 12:20–23 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed. And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise. And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also. In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.
Luke 20:29–33 There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children. And the second took her to wife, and he died childless. And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also: and they left no children, and died. Last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife.

“Your logic is wrong,” Jesus said, “because you do not know the scriptures, and you do not understand how God works. People in this world get married, but those worthy of resurrection enter another world, where marriage does not exist. They cannot die, but are like the angels. They will be God’s children because they have been raised to life.

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Matthew 22:29–30 “Your logic is wrong,” Jesus said, “because you do not know the scriptures, and you do not understand how God works. In the resurrection, people will not marry but will be like the angels of Heaven.
Mark 12:24–25 “Your logic is wrong,” Jesus said, “because you do not know the scriptures, and you do not understand how God works. In the resurrection, people will not marry, but will be like the angels of Heaven.
Luke 20:34–36 Jesus said, “People in this world get married, but those worthy of resurrection enter another world, where marriage does not exist. They cannot die, but are like the angels. They will be God’s children because they have been raised to life.
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Matthew 22:29–30 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
Mark 12:24–25 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
Luke 20:34–36 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

“Now, on the issue of rising from the dead, haven’t you read in the book of Moses where God speaks from the burning bush, I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is the God of the living, not of the dead. To him, we are all alive. You have made a serious error in judgment.”

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Exodus 3:6 I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses hid his face, afraid to look upon God.
Matthew 22:31–32 “Now, on the issue of rising from the dead, haven’t you read the scripture where God says, I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is the God of the living, not of the dead.”
Mark 12:26–27 “Now, on the issue of rising from the dead, haven’t you read in the book of Moses where God speaks from the burning bush, I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is a God of the living, not of the dead. You have made a serious error in judgment.”
Luke 20:37–38 “Now, on the issue of rising from the dead, consider what God said to Moses from the burning bush: I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. He is a God of the living, not of the dead. To him, we are all alive.”
King James

Exodus 3:6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
Matthew 22:31–32 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
Mark 12:26–27 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.
Luke 20:37–38 Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Some teachers of the Law said, “Teacher, that is a very good answer.”

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Luke 20:39 Some teachers of the Law said, “Teacher, that is a very good answer.”
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Luke 20:39 Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said.

The crowd was impressed with his teaching.

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Matthew 22:33 The crowd was impressed with his teaching.
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Matthew 22:33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

After that, no one wanted to question him further.

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Luke 20:40 After that, no one wanted to question him further.
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Luke 20:40 And after that they durst not ask him any question at all.