Have you heard God speaking to you through the scriptures this week? We've heard stories of souls in distress, pressured by circumstances, with fearful hearts in need of comfort, and we've listened to those who sought to challenge the ways of God's Messiah in their arguments regarding a resurrection hope. We've been encouraged by image after image that speak a message that counters our human hopelessness. As the stories and images have flashed before our eyes, the scriptures have revealed to us a God who is our Redeemer, Vindicator, Sanctifier and Savior. How great is our God!
Lord God, when winds of adversity blow through our souls, draw us close; give us strength. We give you thanks and praise for the gift of your Son's resurrection life that fills us with hope. Amen.
Luke 20:27-38 (NRSV)
27 Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him
28 and asked him a question, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.
29 Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless;
30 then the second 31 and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless.
32 Finally the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her."
34 Jesus said to them, "Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage;
35 but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.
36 Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.
37 And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
38 Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive."