Blessed… Whose Wife Will She Be?

That same day Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Jesus. They asked, “Teacher, Moses said, If a man who doesn’t have children dies, his brother must marry his wife and produce children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married, then died. Because he had no children he left his widow to his brother. The same thing happened with the second brother and the third, and in fact with all seven brothers. Finally, the woman died. At the resurrection, which of the seven brothers will be her husband? They were all married to her.” Jesus responded, “You are wrong because you don’t know either the scriptures or God’s power.  At the resurrection people won’t marry nor will they be given in marriage. Instead, they will be like angels from God.  As for the resurrection of the dead, haven’t you read what God told you, I’m the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He isn’t the God of the dead but of the living.” Now when the crowd heard this, they were astonished at his teaching (Matthew 22:23-33, Common English Bible).

When I read the lesson for today I can actually place the Sheldon Cooper character The Big Bang Theory into the dialogue. In one episode Sheldon is having a minor argument with Leonard and he accuses Leonard of engaging in “reductio ad absurdum.” He goes on to explain that “reductio ad absurdum” is “the logical fallacy of extending someone’s argument to ridiculous proportions and then criticizing the result.”

It is my first thought when I read the Sadducees and asked Jesus their “question.” Why would it be necessary for the now dead man to have seven brothers, all of whom died in order to make their point. Had the man married and died and his brother married his wife in order to continue the family name, wouldn’t the same question, “whose wife will she be in the resurrection?” still apply but not on such a larger, ridiculous scale? I can’t help but think so.

I can’t help but think that the Sadducees engaged in”reductio ad absurdum” in an effort to make their point that the resurrection was in itself  a logical fallacy extended to ridiculous proportions. They were wrong. They still didn’t get it. Many today are the same way.

The idea of a resurrection to come is an idea of hope. I can’t speak for others, but I need that hope in my life. I believe in a good and loving God who is at work building relationships with human creatures for an eternity that will be filled and alive in a much different way that what we experience in this life.

I look around me, I watch the evening news, I hear and see a great deal of evil in the world around me. To know that there is a resurrection where God, who Scripture tells us is love, is in full control, is an assurance I need in my life. When I see evil in the world, I believe that something much better will one day be a reality for you and me.

As far as the idea of who my wife will be in the resurrection, today I hope I will have some kind of relationship with Cindy. That being said, in my understanding of the life to come, we will be filled with so much joy and love, other things just won’t be so important.

I feel sorry for people, then and now, who believe as the Saducees did. How discouraging it must be, when in the face of evil, there is a central belief that there is no hope of better days coming. That just might be the height of sad. I can’t help but think, we all want something better.

What do you expect to see in the days of the resurrection?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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