Matthew 22:23-33 Jesus Shuts Down A Second Group

23 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 24 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. 26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. 27 Finally, the woman died. 28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”

29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 31 But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’[b]? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.

Jesus Shuts Down a Second Group

Jesus, we think of you as empowering and enabling people to complete their purposes  Here in this passage you shut down the group that followed the Herodians.  The Sadducees believed there was no resurrection and would invent stories to show its absurdity.  You showed the Sadducees to be absurdly in error.  You shut them down and said they did not know what they were talking about.  They had scripture memorized in all likelihood, but you pointed out that they had missed its meaning.  The more serious error is that they did not know God’s power.  they belittled your Father.  they underestimated him.  This is stubborn disbelief that would persist after you had come back from the dead.  They assume their conclusion as a basis for their argument.  No-one is raised from the dead, therefore …  They do not let the evidence lead where it might.  They do not see what the text is saying because they already assume that it could not say what it does.

Help us not to be so closed and confirmed in our ways about the movement of the Spirit or the truth that the Bible teaches.  I have a situation today that I already have reached conclusion about.  Help me to be open to where the evidence leads and to adjust my thinking appropriately.  Most of all, help us not to assume that we have arrived in our relationship with you.  You are so complex that we will never have you in a box even after the span of many lifetimes.


  1. How many times did the woman above marry?
  2. Who would be her husband in heaven?
  3. Why did Jesus shut down this second group?
  4. In what areas have you been stubborn and Jesus has shown you that you were wrong?
  5. How might Jesus need to shut people down today in order to show his authority?


About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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