What Jesus Did! 'God of the Living' — Mark 12:26-27

Sunday, September 4, 2016

"Surely you have read what God said about people rising from death. In the book where Moses wrote about the {burning} bush, it says that God told Moses this: 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' {If God said he is their God, then} these men are not really dead. He is the God only of living people. You Sadducees are wrong!"
— Mark 12:26-27
Illustration of Mark 12:26-27 —  He is the God only of living people.

Key Thought

Jesus uses skill, wit, and cunning to argue with the religious leaders using their own form of logic. "God is the God of the living," Jesus asserts. So if God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (a truth that these people professed every day). Jesus is saying then there has to be a resurrection. At a deeper level, we know that God is God of both the living and the dead. We believe that he will judge all people and their eternal destinies hang in that evaluation. We also believe that he will judge with grace, mercy, and justice. However, God does not see time as we do. Years are insignificant in their passing to him. A thousand years can be no more than one little day to God. Yet because God is, we will continue to exist just as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did. God is the God of the living. Death does not have control on us any longer.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for ensuring that life is eternal and is found in you. In Jesus' name I pray to you O eternal Father. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then some Sadducees came to Jesus. (Sadducees believe that no person will rise from death.) The Sadducees asked Jesus a question. They said, "Teacher, Moses wrote that if a married man dies and he had no children, then his brother must marry the woman. Then they will have children for the dead brother. There were seven brothers. The first brother married but died. He had no children. So the second brother married the woman. But he also died and had no children. The same thing happened with the third brother. All seven brothers married the woman and died. None of the brothers had any children with the woman. The woman was last to die. But all seven brothers had married her. So at the time when people rise from death, whose wife will the woman be?" Jesus answered, "Why did you make this mistake? Is it because you don't know what the Scriptures say? Or because you don't know about God's power? When people rise from death, there will be no marriage. People will not be married to each other. All people will be like angels in heaven. Surely you have read what God said about people rising from death. In the book where Moses wrote about the {burning} bush, it says that God told Moses this: 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. ' {If God said he is their God, then} these men are not really dead. He is the God only of living people. You Sadducees are wrong!"

Mark 12:18-27

Related Scripture Readings

The Lord God says, "I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the One who is, who {always} was, and who is coming. I am the All-Powerful." I saw someone among the lampstands who was "like a Son of Man." He was dressed in a long robe. He had a golden sash (belt) tied around his chest.

Revelation 1:8; 22:13

The Father (God) has loved us so much! This shows how much he loved us: We are called children of God. And we really are God's children. But the people in the world (people who don't believe) don't understand that we are God's children, because they have not known him (God). Dear friends, now we are children of God. We have not yet been shown what we will be in the future. But we know that when Christ comes again, we will be like him. We will see him like he really is.

1 John 3:1-2

But don't forget this one thing, dear friends: To the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not being slow in doing what he promised—the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. God doesn't want any person to be lost. God wants every person to change his heart and stop sinning.

2 Peter 3:8-9

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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