Thinking Like Jesus Thinks

The Pharisees and the Saduccees Come to Tempt ...

The Pharisees and the Saduccees Come to Tempt Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The religious leaders of Jesus’ day were divided into two sects, the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Both groups were experts in the Book of the Law. Now, the Pharasees believed in the resurrection of the dead, but the Sadducees didn’t. The Sadducess were sad, you see, because they didn’t believe in life after death. Members of both sects were constantly trying to catch Jesus in an error regarding the scriptures.

The Sadducees tried to outwit Jesus by asking him a hypothetical question; but they got their head handed to them, figuratively speaking.  If a man died and left a widow, the Law of Moses required his brother to take her as his wife, so that the first man would not be without descendents.  This is the question that the  Sadducees asked Jesus:  What if there were seven brothers and six of them died one by one. In heaven, which of the brothers would be her husband?

They thought they were leading Jesus into a swamp from which there was no escapt ; but he didn’t fall for it. This is what Jesus said to the Sadducees:

You do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

But as touching the resurrction of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Issac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

Jesus pointed out that, based on the scriptures, God was saying that Abraham, Issac, and Jacob are still alive and they are with him. The word of God is truth. When you know the truth, you can build on that foundation to know more things that are true. This is the example that Jesus set for us, so that we can increase our knowledge, building truth upon truth, precept upon precept. When we need the answer to a question, all we have to do is to find out what God says about it in the Bible.

That should have been the end of the matter, but it wasn’t.  The Sadducees should have just disbanded then, but they didn’t. They didn’t care about God’s own truth.  They loved their religion more than they loved God ir the truth. They wanted to keep on basing their lives on what they think is true. They have since learned that they were wrong.

There are millions of people today who are just like the Sadducees. They have taken the ideas they like which are lies, such as reincarnation, and cobble them together into their own private religion. These same people are going to hell because they have rejected the truth of the word of God.

Enhanced by Zemanta
Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Faith is Believing God’s Word

REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn Sacrifice of Is...
Image by carulmare via Flickr

 

God told Abraham that he would be the Father of many nations, and that through his seed all the families of the earth would be blessed. This is certainly true, even though it seemed to be impossible at the time.

When Abraham was a hundred years old, he and his barren wife, Sarah, had a son named Issac. And he is the child through whom that blessing (Jesus) came.

God told Abraham to offer Issac as a sacrifice. Even though this defied logic, Abraham was willing to do it anyway. He trusted that God would do them no harm, and that he would fulfill his promise.

He didn’t know what God had in mind. We know that he expected God to raise Issac from the dead. If you read this whole story in Genesis 22, you’ll see that Abraham told his servants to wait and that, “I and the lad . .  will come again to you.”

Abraham knew God and his ways very well. He had based his whole life on believing God’s word. This is what the Bible says about him:

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was rich in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;  (Romans 4:20-24)

What exactly did Abraham do that was so remarkable. He believed God to the extreme extent of being willing to obey him. All he provided was the willingness. God provided everything else, including the sacrifice–one for Issac and one for us.

God even provides us the faith we need to believe his word. As it is written, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  (Romans 10:17)


Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)