What Jesus Did! 'Our Questions Betray Our Hearts' — Luke 20:27-33

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Then Jesus was approached by some Sadducees — religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. 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. Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children. So the second brother married the widow, but he also died. Then the third brother married her. This continued with all seven of them, who died without children. Finally, the woman also died. So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her!"
— Luke 20:27-33 NLT

Key Thought

Ever notice how the questions we ask often betray what is really in our hearts? The Sadducees didn't believe in a resurrection. So their question was intended as a trap, not an earnest seeking of truth. Their hearts were hardened, and their goal was to destroy Jesus. Jesus longs to hear our honest questions and help us to the truth. Sometimes, however, we need to listen to our own questions and ask the Lord what they reveal about hearts!

Today's Prayer

Father, give me a clean heart and pure motives as I seek your truth. In Jesus' name, I ask it. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 11:9-13
  • Psalm 51:10
  • Psalm 19:12-14


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Illustration of Luke 20:27-33 NLT — "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."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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