The Test of Authority – Part 2

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THE TESTS OF AUTHORITY:  pt. 2
Text:  Matthew 22:23-33

 THE ISSUE OF RESURRECTION TESTED CHRIST’S THEOLOGY FROM A STANDPOINT OF INTELLECT: vv. 23-33.

THE ANTAGONISTS: Sadducees.

Their influence: Of all the Jewish sects, the Sadducees, though the smallest, were also the most wealthy and influential.
Their politics: Politically, the Sadducees were pro-Roman and accordingly received many favors.
Their theology: they denied the resurrection.

THE APPROACH: they asked what they believed to be the unanswerable question.

THE ATTACK.

The appeal to Moses: v. 24.
The issue of Levirate marriage: vv. 25-27 cf. Deut. 25:5-6.
The question posed by the Sadducees: v. 28.

THE ANSWER: vv. 29-33.

Jesus again forces the real issue into the open: 29.
Jesus then deals with both issues but in reverse order.
The issue of their ignorance of God’s power: 30.
The issue of their ignorance of God’s Word: vv. 31-32 cf. Ex. 3:6. It would be ridiculous for God to state as a truth to Moses that He is the God of men who no longer exist.

Lessons/challenges:

  1. Unfailing devotion to His Deity: Jesus is God and by answering the so-called unanswerable He proved His omniscience.
  2. Unswerving commitment to His Word: Jesus answered absurdities with Scripture and proved that commitment to God’s Word is infinitely important to God.
  3. Unbounded confidence in the reality and the glory of the resurrection for those who belong to Him.
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