Like the angels, but not angels

Matthew Bible Background

03.08.2016 New Testament: Mark 12.25

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 12.1–27 on March 8, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection, and one argument they proposed was that a woman had seven husbands, because the first one died, and she married another, then he died, and she married another, and so on. In the minds of the Sadducees, a woman could not have seven husbands. Thus, they presented Jesus with a question of which one would be her husband in the resurrection, if a resurrection does happen.

He explained that they did not know the Scriptures, nor the power of God, and then said,

“For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven” (Mark 12.25).

Some people have concluded from this, that we become angels when we enter heaven, but Jesus did not say we become angels, rather we become as they are, and in this context, that meant we no longer experience marriage, even as the angels do not experience marriage.

Questions:

  • Do you believe in the bodily resurrection?
  • What do you think about burial versus cremation?

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