Luke 20:27-40 [ESV]
27There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28 and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second 31 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32 Afterward the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.” 34 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36 for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” 39 Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” 40 For they no longer dared to ask him any question.
What does it mean?
1. How would you summarize what has been happening since Jesus entered Jerusalem?
2. What do you know about the Sadducees? What does Luke tell us?
3. What’s the essence of the Pharisee’s question?
4. Why do you think they ask the question since they don’t believe in a resurrection?
5. What bad theology is implied in the Sadducees’ question?
6. Marriage is for “this age”. What is “this age”?
7. Who are “those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead? How are they “considered worthy”? What is “that age”?
8. How are these folks, “equal to the angels”?
9. Jesus quotes Exodus and what God says to Moses at the burning bush, that He is the “God of Abraham, and the God of Jacob, and the God of Isaac.” How does that quote substantiate that there will be a resurrection?
10. What does Jesus mean when he tells us, “Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all “live to him”?
11. How would you paraphrase Luke’s big idea in 20:27-40?
How does it apply?
1. How often do you think about life after physical death?
2. What usually motivates you to ponder what happens after we die physically?
3. What emotions do you experience as you consider the next stage of eternal life?
4. How much time and energy do you think we ought to commit to thinking about life after we physically die?
5. What impact do you think the reality of our hope in Jesus for life after physical death ought to have on the way we live today?
6. How does the reality of life with God for eternity after physical death actually influence your life day to day?
7. What questions or concerns do you have regarding what happens after physical death?