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Luke Chapter 20 (Part 2)

Jesus and the Sadducees

Read Luke 20:27-47

Verse 27 - Who were the Sadducees? Another sect (like the Pharisees), who were also part of the Jewish leadership class (Sanhedrin)

Verse 33 - in the resurrection - this was another attempt at trying to trap Jesus in His words (they did not believe in the resurrection)

Verse 35 - those who are considered worthy-how can you be considered worthy? Accept Jesus &

the New Covenant

  • would the Sadducees have been worthy?

  • they do not believe in the resurrection - Read I Cor. 15: 12-17

  • belief in the resurrection is fundamental to the Christian faith

  • they would have needed to change their mind on the resurrection - within a week of these events, Jesus own resurrection would have been a witness to them-perhaps some came to be considered worthy

Verse 36 - angels do not die - we will be like them, in that respect. But angels are angels and mankind is mankind. The idea that we become angels when we die is false.

Read I Peter 1:12 (speaking of the prophets)

  • angels long to look into the redemption of mankind - they were not created with the need for redemption. We were created with free will - without free will, you cannot truly love. God wanted us, his family, to love Him freely and truly. That requires a choice on our part. The angels are God's servants - often tasked with helping us, His children.

  • sons of God - Read Gal. 3:26

Verse 37 -Jesus is showing the Sadducees the error of their belief system (no resurrection)

Verse 41 - Jesus asks them a question they cannot answer without getting "stuck" (see v.3)

  • David's Son-Remember in chapter 18, how the blind man called Jesus Son of David - a Messianic term.

  • if there is no resurrection, how can David live to know the Christ?

Verse 42-from Psalm 110

sit ... until- Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father (see Apostles Creed) until He comes again

Verses 46-47 -Jesus warns all the people against the scribes (verse 45 tells us that all were


  • He does this in the presence and hearing of those scribes, and no doubt the other Jewish leaders

  • these will receive greater condemnation - remember, there are different levels of punishment

  • they did things for outward appearance, but were hypocrites

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