Preconceived ideas lead to twisting the Scriptures

New Testament: Luke 20.27–33

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 20.27–47 on April 26, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

When you approach the word of God, you have to clear your mind and be ready to accept whatever it says, even if it goes contrary to what you believe. 

The Sadducees did not do that and it led them to deny the resurrection: 

Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him…

– Luke 20.27 

They believed that there was neither spirit, nor angel. If that be the case, there can be no resurrection. 

They also believed a man could have seven wives simultaneously, but a woman could not have seven husbands simultaneously. Therefore, when they read in the Law of Moses that if a husband died without children, his brother should take his wife, marry her, and have children by her (v. 28), they figured if that happened seven times, and a woman ended up marrying seven brothers (vv. 29-32), it would not work in the resurrection: 

“Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife, and he dies without children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. And the first took a wife, and died without children. And the second took her as wife, and he died childless. Then the third took her, and in like manner the seven also; and they left no children, and died. Last of all the woman died also.

– Luke 20.28–32 

Do you see how they reasoned? They thought they had everything figured out on the matter of the resurrection, but they did not have all the facts. They said to Jesus: 

“Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife does she become? For all seven had her as wife.” 

– Luke 20.33 

In their minds, that disproved the resurrection. Jesus completely blew them away with His answer. Be sure to read it. 

Clear your mind and accept whatever the Holy Spirit teaches in the Scriptures.

Questions: 

  • Do you have some preconceived ideas that you expect the Scriptures to support? 
  • Have you tried to twist Scripture to fit what you want it to say rather than changing your beliefs to fit what the Scriptures say? 

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