You Are Mistaken If You Think God is the God of the Dead

Jesus is the one talking. He has just told those who were asking Him questions that they were mistaken. Imagine that. Humans mistaken. Then Jesus referred to people in the Old Testament. To those who consider the Old Testament irrelevant, please consider that Jesus often quoted from it. As a matter of fact, scholars have recorded examples of Jesus’ Old Testament references, citing that “in the four Gospels, 180 of the 1,800 verses that report His discourses are either Old Testament quotes or Old Testament allusions.” ( Such is the case in this instance when Jesus was asked about marriage relationships after people died and were resurrected.

In Matthew 22:31-32 Jesus answered their question saying, “…regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

God is not the God of the dead. Think about those words.

Sometimes in the past when I’ve been asked if my parents are still alive, I’ve responded that they are dead. Based on Jesus’ statement, they are not dead. The next time someone asks me about them, I’m going to say, “They’re living in heaven.” What about you? How will you respond to questions about your loved ones who are no longer with you?

GOD of the LIVING, we praise You for receiving our loved ones into Your presence. Thank You that we, too, will live in Your presence one day.

The God of the Living is always present and wants us to communicate and have fellowship with Him through prayer. Learn to pray more purposefully through Debbie’s book, “Pray with Purpose, Live with Passion.”


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