Mark 12:18-24, “Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man’s brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed. And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third like-wise. And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also. In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife. And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?”
The Sadducees were a group of religious people in Jesus’ day that did not believe in a resurrection. Furthermore, they only believed what they could find written in the books of Moses (Genesis through Deuteronomy).
In this passage of Scripture, they have come to Jesus to ask a question. But the question they wanted to ask was not because they were seeking an answer; it was because they wanted to try and discredit the Lord Jesus. If they could show that He was in conflict with what Moses had written, then they would have proven that Jesus was not the Messiah, as He had claimed, for the Messiah would be in agreement with the Word of God.
You can imagine how their countenance must have fallen when the Lord answered them the way He did. In essence He said, “Are not the reasons that you are wrong on this subject because you do not know what the Bible says and because you do not know how powerful God is?” Religious people do not like to be told they do not know what the Bible says! Especially if they pride themselves on knowing the Bible very well. The critical mistake that these men made was asking a question that was founded on a wrong belief.
They were guilty of viewing the Bible through the spectacles of what they believed rather than viewing what they believed through the spectacles of what the Bible said. They truly did not know the Scriptures and, because of that, they did not know the power of God. They had erred!
We often do the same thing to the Lord. We have all been guilty of approaching the Bible and Biblical teaching with our preconceived ideas, our personal desires, and our presumptuous notions. We satisfy our own conscience by “asking” the Lord to show us differently, but we are not ready to receive the truth because we have approached Him with the assumption that we are already correct. In the same way these Sadducees missed the truth of the resurrection in one of Moses’ books, so we, too, often miss truths that are in God’s Word and available to one who will humble themselves before the Lord. There are multitudes of reasons why we do this, but in the end it is always the same root cause: PRIDE. Let’s humble ourselves before God and His Word and allow Him to speak truth to us at all times, even when we believe we are correct. Do not err in your life. We might all be surprised just where we have erred and missed out on the power of God!