Matthew 22:23 The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, 24 saying, "Teacher, Moses said, 'If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.' 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother. 26 So too the second and third, down to the seventh. 27 After them all, the woman died. 28 In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her." 29 But Jesus answered them, "You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: 32 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not God of the dead, but of the living." 33 And when the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.
Note: Matthew 22:24-27 refers back to Deuteronomy 25:5-10
Jesus warned His disciples to beware of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees (Matthew 16:12). In our text today, Jesus tells us why His disciples needed to beware of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not know the scriptures or the power of God (Matthew 22:29). How did Jesus know they were ignorant of the scriptures and the power of God? Jesus knew because He did know the scriptures and the power of God. The Sadducees taught there is no resurrection of the dead (Matthew 22:23). When they questioned Jesus, the Sadducees were not seeking truth, but were seeking to prove they were right and Jesus was wrong (Matthew 22:23-28)
Jesus answered the statement the Sadducees did not articulate but sought to prove by their question, "There is no resurrection." Jesus told them they were wrong about the resurrection because they did not know the scriptures or the power of God (Matthew 22:29). Jesus then gave them the truth about post resurrection life. People neither marry nor are given in marriage post resurrection, but are like the angels in heaven (Matthew 22:31). Jesus also gave them scriptural proof of the resurrection (Matthew 22:31-32; Exodus 3:6).
Can you discern truth from error when reading what "educated" people write and say about God? Jesus said we need to know the scriptures and the power of God to be right in what we know about God and His ways. How do we learn the scriptures? We learn them by studying them daily under the teaching of the Holy Spirit and teachers gifted by God (John 14:26; 2 Timothy 2:15; Romans 12:3-8). We are to make sure that what the gifted teacher is teaching is in sync with Bible (Acts 17:10,11). Are you learning the Scriptures by reading them or by only reading what someone else wrote about them?
How do we get to know the power of God? We read in the scriptures what God has done. He Created the heavens, the earth and everything in them in six days (Genesis 1,2; Exodus 20:11). We attempt to live what we read in the scriptures expecting Jesus to fulfill our attempt with His power. We begin to personally experience the power of God when we attempt to obey the scriptures by faith in the Son of God. We get to know the power of God by learning and living the scriptures by the power of the Holy Spirit. We access the power of the Holy Spirit by faith. We exercise faith by attempting to obey God expecting Him to fulfill our attempt with His power (Galatians 2:20; 2 Thessalonians 1:11). Are you attempting to practice the scriptures you learn? Are you expecting God to fulfill your attempt with His power? Begin today.