Christ in the Bible: Markís Gospel

Christ in Markís *Gospel

An EasyEnglish Bible Commentary (1200 word vocabulary) on the Gospel of Mark

Keith Simons

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Mark chapter 12

The *Sadduceesí question

Verses 18-27

The *Sadducees said that they believed the books of Moses. These are the books called Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. But really, the *Sadducees did not believe several important things that those books teach. They did not believe that God will make dead people alive again. They did not believe that there are *spirits or *angels.

But the *Sadducees were important. The most important *priests were *Sadducees. So the *Sadducees ruled the temple (*Godís Great House).

The *Sadducees became important because they liked the government. So the rulers helped the *Sadducees.

These *Sadducees knew that Jesus had given a good answer to the *Pharisees (Mark 12:13-17). But they thought that they knew the true facts about death. So Jesus would seem to be a fool if he argued against them.

The *Sadducees told Jesus about a *law that Moses had made. The *lawís purpose was to help a woman after her husbandís death. If that woman had no children, her dead husbandís brother should marry her. You can read that *law in Deuteronomy 25:5-10.

Then the *Sadducees told a story about 7 brothers who married the same woman. They were all obeying Godís *law. But if dead people became alive, they would not be obeying Godís *law then. Godís *law did not let a woman have 7 husbands!

The *Sadducees were wrong for two reasons:

(1) They did not know the Bible.

(2) They did not believe that God is powerful.

But God is very powerful. He will cause dead people to be alive again. Then they will be like *angels; they will not marry.

Jesus told the *Sadducees about Exodus 3:6. God called himself: ĎThe God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.í Those three men died long before God said that. But only people who are alive can be Godís servants. So clearly, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were alive. They were not alive on the earth. They were alive in *heaven.

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