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Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 9:21 PM

Difficulties with Mark

Though I feel like the past month of reading through Mark has been of great blessing to me and has cleared up a lot of questions, it has also raised a lot of questions that I can't quite figure out, or left unconfirmed some questions that I have a guess about.

Here's one -

Mark 12 -

18 And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man [5] must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”

24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”

What always throws me for a loop in this passage was the argument for the resurrection. How is God saying to Moses, "I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob," supportive of the idea that people will be raised?

My best guess is that Jesus is saying "God does not say, 'I was the God of Abraham' and therefore Abraham still lives today," but I will be the first to concede that such an interpretation comes as an observer reading this 2000 years after the fact, knowing that the passage is used to prove the resurrection, but if I were to come across that passage in Exodus, I certainly would not think "oh this proves the resurrection!" Yeah, always lots of questions.

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