Today you should read: Matthew 22:23-46
Marriage is important in the eyes of God. He created it and offered it to all as a gift for a husband and wife for companionship, procreation & as an image of the Covenant He makes with us through the Gospel. Marriage matters and it’s why we champion it in the church. It’s why we teach our people the importance of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood going into those future gender roles. It’s why we put up safeguards to protect it from Satan’s attacks and it’s why we counsel couples in it. And as important as marriage is on this earth, we see that those covenants that are made are no more in Heaven.
The Sadducees again try to trick Jesus by asking Him a question about a potential situation of a woman who marries 7 different men because of each husband before dying. They thought they dropped the mic when asking Jesus, “Which husband would she be married to in heaven?” Jesus then figuratively picks up that mic and drops the bomb on them by reminding them that they are like angels in heaven (spiritually) and therefore marriage won’t matter in heaven. They were astonished at His teachings.
After He silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees figured that they should have a shot at testing Jesus’ knowledge and divinity by asking Him which is the greatest commandmen. However, this question was a softball for Jesus as He confidently answered… “Loving the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul and mind” and then the 2nd great commandment “Loving your neighbor as you love yourself.” He then shared that all other commandments depend on these two and that’s why they are the greatest commandments.
Jesus now turns the tables asking the Pharisees how the Messiah can be a son of David but at the same time LORD as David refers the Messiah to in Psalm 110:1. This resulted in what the Pharisees and Sadducees hoped to do with Jesus in their first 2 questions, silence and a refusal to ask any more questions.
There’s a common theme in today’s Scripture and it’s this. Who are we to test Jesus and His authority? Beyond the Pharisees and Sadducees we’ve seen people throughout the ages who have questioned Jesus and His authority as God. Whether it’s been through the supposed errancies of Scripture or a redefinition of marriage, Jesus has given us sufficient answers to all questions and we will be silenced when trying to test Him. As He proves here, HE IS LORD and although there should be room to seek, question and doubt we will always come to the conclusion of His authority reigning supreme before all. I pray and hope that people will find this to be true here on this earth before they’re face to face with Him before His throne sitting at the right hand of the Father putting His enemies under His feet.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor