“You know neither the scriptures nor the power of God.” (Mark 12:24).
Read: Mark 12:18-27; Jeremiah 4:22, 5:21; Psalm 62:11-12.
What is God Saying?
Here (Mark 12:18-27) the Sadducees are talking with Jesus. Well, they are not really talking but trying to get Him into a corner in order to bolster the premises of their own disbelief in such things as immorality, heaven, spirits and angels. They claimed they knew the Scriptures. They respected the Mosaic Law. They could point to the fact that there was no evidence for immorality in the early books of the Bible. One thing that was especially ridiculous to them was this talk about the Resurrection. To support their position they must trap Jesus, this new Teacher who was gaining in the popularity polls and whose balloon they must prick.
They brought forward an exaggerated case of seven brothers who died. Each successive brother took to wife the childless widow of his preceding brother. This was according to the law of Levirate marriage found in Deuteronomy 25:5-10. “Now tell us, great Teacher whose wife will she be in this Heaven you are always talking about?” Jesus answered by saying that they had a mistaken idea of heaven, a false understanding of Scripture and were total strangers to the power of God.
Jesus said, “You say you know the Scriptures, but you don’t. God said in these Scriptures, ‘I am the God of Abraham, of Isaac and Jacob.’ Does that sound like one who is the God of the dead? No, you are wrong. He is the God of the living: (Mark 14:27). Isaiah in their Scripture wrote, “From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides thee, who works for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4). Read Paul’s magnificent words of beauty and hope found in 1 Corinthians 2:9, God is preparing a place far beyond the crassly materialistic puzzle posed by the Sadducees who would rather quibble than believe, who would rather test the Teacher than accept His words.