June 7, 2015 – Morning Worship
Monday – Mark 12:18–27
How are the Sadducees waging a PR battle with Jesus here? Where do you see their skeptical spirit in the world today and in your own heart? How does Jesus’ answer challenge this?
How would you describe the Sadducees based on the Bible’s description of them? What types of people / attitudes in our day might be like them and how might Jesus’ response apply?
The Sadducees’ theoretical dilemma is based on the OT law of “levirate marriage” described in Deuteronomy? How do other laws in Leviticus show the absurd nature of their question and how might these laws have been important for protecting the weak and powerless in Israel?
Many scholars today argue that the Sadducees view of the resurrection actually reflects the OT, where they see no evidence of a “resurrection theology”? What do you think?
Jesus challenges our view of marriage and resurrection here? How does his teaching about the resurrection power of God offer you comfort and hope today?
Jesus’ teaches that human marriage is temporary for this life (i.e. “until death do us part”? Why is that? What is the real significance of human marriage, and what is the glory and wonder and joy that it points us to?