I Am the God of Abraham. . .

Matthew 22: 31-33. “But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God Isaac, and the God of Jacob: God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at His doctrine.”

If God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and if He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; then a resurrection must have taken place for these men. There is complete authority in these words of Jesus.  He speaks from scripture, in which the Sadducees prided themselves for their study, knowledge and interpretation. Yet they thought to stump Jesus with a ridiculous question that had no application in the resurrection, which they in any case denied. How foolish they were in their own pride and conceit, and how little they understood Who Jesus was!

But now the Sadducees had been put to route publicly, in front of the multitude. They would not forgive Jesus for this humiliation, and well He knew it.

Sometimes I think about how proud we are today of all our advances in knowledge, science, medicine, technology and so on.  How highly we think of ourselves and even, in some cases, hold ourselves above God. How quickly that will all turn to wood, hay and stubble when that judgment day comes.  How little we really know of the great workings of the universe and all that is in it, that God simply spoke into existence.

I was in session with a client today who referred to a passage in Isaiah 6, the vision Isaiah had of God, Whose robes filled the temple; Whose angels worshipped Him, and who proclaimed, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of Hosts!”  They bowed before Him because He is King of Kings, Lord of Lords, holy, pure, awesome in His goodness.  Isaiah groaned of his own unworthiness and understood his own utter depravity.

So should we.  Our world is in a mess, and the reason is in Jeremiah 17:9. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”

We need to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God.


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