Matthew 22:23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, 24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 25 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: 26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 27 And last of all the woman died also. 28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32 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. 33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.
This is a passage my preacher-uncle taught on several Sundays ago. I had often wondered at Christ’s pointing out that God was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and then the crowd’s reaction…but not enough for me to go hunt out the answer on my own.
Putting this verse in it’s proper context shows the answer. The Sadducees were the followers of the branch of Judaism that denied the resurrection of the dead, and the spirit; they were much more focused on the “living.” Here, Jesus neatly teaches them a lesson, one that cannot be denied…in logic I’d say He presented a sound argument, both completely valid in form and also completely truthful.
What He did was simply point out a title of God; The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and also the fact that God is the God of the living. So, where does that leave the argument? Since God is the God of the living, and He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that makes Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob all living even after the death of their physical bodies.
I love this passage and this POV for two reasons; first, it does show that Jesus clearly taught both the resurrection and the continuation of our souls, and second, it again shows how Jesus dealt with those that disagreed with Him. He neatly and thouroughly proves His point in such a way that there is no more room for dissent. How I love the Lord!
Anywho, just thought I’d pass on that perspective on Matthew 22:32.