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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday Sermonette - Without a Doubt (Sadducees)

[The Sadducees said] ".... Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her.”
Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. (Matthew 22:28-29)
The Sadducees were the upper class, typically more interested in getting than giving. They only accepted the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament) as their authority, and they didn't believe in the resurrection of the dead. Like a lot of folks nowadays, they obeyed God so long as it didn't affect their money belts.
I'm sure a lot of them sincerely believed they were just as righteous as they needed to be. You know what I'm going to say next, don't you? Believing something doesn't make it so. 
Obviously, they weren't paying attention when God told Moses (Exodus 3:6), "I AM the God of your father and of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." Present tense. In other words, those four men were still alive--at least in Heaven.
I love that Jesus told the Sadducees they didn't know either the scriptures or the power of God. His arm isn't weak--He's able to lift us all. His heart beats for the human being He created. He wants everyone to join Him in Heaven.
No, He won't force you to go--it's voluntary. You get to choose. So....what do you choose? To follow Him? Or to follow the way of the Sadducees? Your choice.
Father, today I want to follow You without reservation. Please help me in that step-by-step path. Amen. 

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