They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. Luke 20:36 NABRE
We read of the Sadducees, a group containing religious leaders who deny the resurrection. In their view, Moses actually teaches against the resurrection. The law of levirate marriage states that the brother of a man who dies leaving a wife but no child should marry the widow and thus raise up descendants for the deceased. So the Sadducees present a test case, seven brothers successfully married a woman, but all seven die childless; then the woman also dies. Their question about the hereafter, whose wife is she. They are trying to make the resurrection look absurd. Jesus responds by pointing out that the argument about life in the resurrection compared to life now does not involve marriage. The purpose of the levirate law, besides providing for the widow, was that “the name of the deceased” would continue through a descendant. However, in the resurrection of the dead, people are like angels in that they no longer die, so there is no need for marriage to continue one’s name. As children of this life, we marry, those in the resurrection have no reason to marry. The resurrected life strengthens the relationship between those resurrected and God, thus other relationships that in this life help us become close to God are not necessary. The resurrected have an intimate relationship with God unimpeded by any worldly distractions.
We in this life depend on others to give us strength to be close to God, particularly when the secular world pushes us to behave contrary to a discipleship life. Marriage is a particularly strong means for couples to strengthen one another toward a life of righteousness.
Who is your partner in this life? Do they help you become closer to God?We in this life depend on others to give us strength to be close to God, particularly when the secular world pushes us to behave contrary to a discipleship life. Click To Tweet
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