BibleWorkbench: Pentecost 24, November 7, 2010

Text: Luke 20:27-38

The question that the Sadducees bring to Jesus in today’s reading is not a real question. From their standpoint, the question can only be meaningless.  Since they do not believe there is any life to come, any speculation about how that life will be arranged is pointless from the very beginning. Which part of the Sadducees’ question does Jesus seem to challenge? What assumptions does Jesus seem not to share with the Sadducees?

Forrest Church writes in Love & Death: My Journey Through the Valley of the Shadow (Boston: Beacon Press, 2008), “After death our bodies may be resurrected. Our souls may transmigrate or become part of the heavenly pleroma. We may join our loved ones in heaven. Or we may return the constituent parts of our being to the earth from which it came and rest in eternal peace. About life after death, no one knows. But about this we surely know: there is love after death” (p. 136).

What do you know about love after death? How does death change relationships? What kinds of relationships are disrupted by death? What kinds endure despite death?

– Andy Kille

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