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Some Sadducees Try to Trick Jesus
27Some Sadducees* came to Jesus. (Sadducees believe that people will not rise from
death.) They asked Jesus, 28"Teacher, Moses wrote that if a married man dies and
had no children, then his brother must marry the woman. Then they will have children
for the dead brother.* 29One time there were seven brothers. The first brother married
a woman, but died. He had no children. 30Then the second brother married the woman,
and he died. 31And the third brother married the woman, and he died. The same thing
happened with all the other brothers. They all died and had no children. 32The woman
was the last to die. 33But all seven brothers married her. So when people rise from
death, whose wife will this woman be?" 34Jesus said to the Sadducees,* "On earth,
people marry each other. 35Some people will be worthy to be raised from death and
live again after this life. In that life they will not marry. 36In that life people
are like angels and cannot die. They are children of God, because they have been
raised from death. 37Moses clearly showed that people are raised from death. When
Moses wrote about the [burning] bush,* he said that the Lord [God] is 'the God of
Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.* '* 38[If God said he is their
God, then] these men are not really dead. He is God only of living people. All people
that belong to God are alive." 39Some of the teachers of the law said, "Teacher,
your answer was very good." 40No person was brave enough to ask him another question.
Is the Christ the Son of David?
41Then Jesus said, "Why do people say that the Christ* is the Son of David* ? 42In
the book of Psalms, David* himself says: 'The Lord (God) said to my Lord (Christ):
Sit by me at my right side, 43and I will put your enemies under your power.* '
44David calls the Christ 'Lord.' But the Christ is also the son of David. How can
both these things be true?"
Warning Against the Teachers of the Law
45All the people listened to Jesus. Jesus said to his followers, 46"Be careful of
the teachers of the law. They like to walk around wearing clothes that look important.
And they love for people to show respect to them in the market places. They love
to get the most important seats in the synagogues.* And they love to get the most
important seats at the feasts. 47But they are mean to widows* and steal their homes.
Then they try to make themselves look good by saying long prayers. God will punish
these people very much."
Footnotes: Sadducees A leading Jewish religious group. They accepted only the first
five books of the Old Testament. if ... dead brother See Deut. 25:5,6. burning bush
Read Ex. 3:1-12. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob Three of the most important Jewish leaders
during the time of the Old Testament. 'the God of ... Jacob' Words taken from Ex.
3:6. Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God. Son of David Name
for the Christ, who was from the family of David, king of Israel. David King of
Israel about 1000 years before Christ. and I ... power Literally, "until I make
your enemies a footstool for your feet." synagogue(s) Synagogues were places where
Jews gathered for prayer, study of the Scriptures, and other public meetings. widows
Women whose husbands have died.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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