From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on Mark 12:24

 

Jesus answered and said to them, “Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?                        NKJV

The religious leaders continued to mount their assaults against Jesus. This time the attack came from the Sadducees. Unlike the Pharisees, who believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of Scripture, including its record of divine miracles, the Sadducees, were the liberal theologians of Jesus’ day, denying the Scriptures’ accounts of divine miracles, including the resurrection.

The Sadducees invented a story about a woman who loses husband after husband in an attempt to stump Jesus with the question, “Whose wife will she be when they all rise in the resurrection?” Jesus answered with a simple but direct question of his own: “Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?”

Jesus then explained that people will not be married to one another after the resurrection, and He quoted from Scripture to demonstrate the reality of resurrection. But the more serious issue was that these liberal Jewish leaders had put God in a box, believing that there were some things that He could not do.  They tried to limit the omnipotent God by means of their own limited thinking.

In our world today the spirit of the Sadducees is still alive and well. Liberal scholars continue to deny both the inerrancy and infallibility of the Scriptures, denying the Bible’s record of divine miracles.  Like the Sadducees, they are still in error, knowing neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.  Thankfully, God has given us his inerrant, infallible Word and his Spirit to guide us into truth, and the omnipotent God of the Scriptures proved his love and his power toward us when he raised his own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, from the dead.

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