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The Sadducees were a religious group that tried to discredit Jesus and His ministry.  The Sadducees were the “religious liberals” of their day for they said there is no resurrection, angels or spirits (Acts 23:8).  Purposely their question centered on the doctrine of resurrection and its implications in a particular case.  They cited the story of a woman who married a man who later died.  In accordance with the law (Deuteronomy 25:5-10), her husband’s brother took her as his wife (in order to continue the dead brother’s line).  However, he too died shortly thereafter.  This happened with seven brothers.  The Sadducees’ question therefore was,  “At the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her? “ The Sadducees implied that heaven was simply an extension of things on earth men most enjoy, such as marital relationships.  However, if this woman had seven husbands, how could her marital relationship be possible?  The Sadducees were trying to make the resurrection appear ridiculous.

Jesus addressed the question with this:   “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.  At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.  But about the resurrection of the dead — have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”          Matthew 22:29-32


The Bible says after He silenced the Sadducees, that the Pharisees got together to question Jesus. One of them, an expert in the law,  tested him with this question:  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”


Then In Matthew chapter 22 verses 37-40,  Jesus said these words.  “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” 


This is a subject of greatest importance,  and should be well understood, as our Lord shows that the whole of true Christianity is comprised in thus loving God and one another.  As a church we must first love God and each other.  Every thing else that we do as a church hinges on this.  Without this love first, every work done will be in vein.  We must Love God and Love People.