Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question, “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. The second and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Finally the woman died too. Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?” (Luke 20:27-33)
I know two male Indians (from India, not Native Americans) with arranged marriages. Parents and close relatives searched the Indian community across the United States and found eligible young women. These men traveled to meet them and within a weekend, they and the women decided if they would marry or not.
At the time of Jesus, most marriages were arranged by parents. Because men hunted and fought, there were fewer men. To make sure every woman was protected, Jewish law allowed for men to marry more than one woman and insisted widows would marry their deceased’s brother. People decided to love one another, if there was love in a marriage.
This Scripture is about more than marriage and states the Sadducees believe there is no resurrection. According to www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org the Sadducees used the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament) for their beliefs, and afterlife isn’t mentioned in those Scriptures. Only the books of the prophets mention heaven.
After concocting this story of a woman breaking Israeli law by being admitted into heaven with seven husbands, the Sadducees expect Jesus to say, “That’s a silly question. There is no afterlife.” But, we’ve discovered and will see tomorrow, Jesus doesn’t always answer in the way we expect.
In today’s culture, we’re encouraged to search for true love. Those who come close are blessed. Two people won’t always agree and should decide daily to love one another. God designed humans to seek and find a soulmate because He is our soulmate, the only perfect One to love and be loved by. We must pursue God.
Dearest Heavenly Father, I praise you for providing me with a perfect union. You’re the one I trust 100% of the time to listen without anger and respond with love and mercy. Thank you. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.