Luke – Doors Wide Open!
We are so small in our thinking when it comes to analyzing life, aren’t we? Consider this. What is our first reaction to someone who becomes sick? Instead of simply saying I’m sorry you are sick, we reason why they are sick. You must have picked up a germ when you… You must have been out in the cold weather too long. You must have a weak immune system, you should have that checked out. Who is your doctor? Maybe you should find another doctor who will keep you well. Sound familiar?
When there is a death in the family or among our friends, we come up with reasons why they probably died and worse yet, because of our small thinking, we say stupid things to the grieving. “Well, it probably was for the best because…” Ugh.
We think there always has to be a because as we try to do life. We second guess. We try to explain. We try to reason.
Jesus takes the Sadducees on a journey of higher thinking. It is SAD-YOU-SEE that this zealous group did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. They are living a life with no hope. Their only goal in life is to follow The Law and all they added to the law. After these religious leaders tried to trip Jesus up using His Word, Jesus teaches the Truth in His Word of who God is and what HE thinks. Truth (Jesus) and Wisdom (skills for thinking and behaving like Him) come together to teach us. Amazing!
“And then no one dared to ask him any more questions.”
Luke 20, New Living Translation
Discussion about Resurrection
27 Then Jesus was approached by some Sadducees—religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. 28 They posed this question: “Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife but no children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will carry on the brother’s name. 29 Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children. 30 So the second brother married the widow, but he also died. 31 Then the third brother married her. This continued with all seven of them, who died without children. 32 Finally, the woman also died. 33 So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her!”
34 Jesus replied, “Marriage is for people here on earth. 35 But in the age to come, those worthy of being raised from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage. 36 And they will never die again. In this respect they will be like angels. They are children of God and children of the resurrection.
37 “But now, as to whether the dead will be raised—even Moses proved this when he wrote about the burning bush. Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, he referred to the Lord as ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 So he is the God of the living, not the dead, for they are all alive to him.”
39 “Well said, Teacher!” remarked some of the teachers of religious law who were standing there. 40 And then no one dared to ask him any more questions.
How long has it been since you had a discussion with God in prayer about life situations and circumstances?
Because of the cross work of salvation of Jesus Christ, our Savior, Lord, and Advocate to the Father, we can ask anything we want and God will answer.
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” –Jesus (John 14:13-14, NIV)
Want wisdom? Ask for it!
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” James 1:5
What do we learn?
Ask for Wisdom from God.
Be loyal to God alone.
What matters most is our relationship with God.
Dear Heavenly Father,
You give us new insight and perspective every time we come to you in prayer, read your Word and ask for wisdom. Thank you for guiding us to your higher, heavenly thinking. You show us Truth, unchanging, when we seek you. You give us wisdom when we ask. Help us to know you more and more each day. Help us to think more like you so we will behave more like you taught us when you walked this earth and continue to teach us in the power of Your Holy Spirit. I believe that you died for my sins and the sins of the rest of the world. I believe that you rose again, defeating the enemy of death. I believe that when my time on this earth is ended, I will be with you forever. Thank you, Lord. I am and will be eternally grateful.
In Jesus Name, Amen