Saturday: November 21, 2020
Luke 20:27-33 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife and died childless. The second took her as wife, and he died childless. And then the third took her, and in like manner, all seven died and left no children. Last of all, the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as a wife.”
Recently, I have been doing some work on writing clinical trial protocols for an appraisal competition and it has been involving. Making up a non- existent scenario is hard work because while the final proposal looks all polished up and fun to read, it took a degree of effort and background work to see the pieces fit together.
The Sadducees presented a rather improbable scenario to Jesus, even glancing at it, one can’t help but be in awe at the complexity of the situation. As we read in the text, it was the story of seven brothers each getting married to the very same woman one after the other. As to how they managed to come up such a scenario, we can only infer required a summit of like minds, but the final product lay visible and clear before our very eyes – a “wow” story.
Sometimes in life, we aren’t too eager to give others the credit they deserve because we are oblivious of the work that has gone into whatever they have achieved. Therefore, just because we can perceive a final product that looks simple and not so complicated does not suggest that the background work is the same. Often behind the scenes, there would have hours of hard work to put things together.
The Sadducees we read about are the trigger for this message because their work behind the scenes is what bore the question they asked Jesus today. So just before you present something out there, consider if indeed you have done enough, if any, background work. Like we cannot see the complex lines of computer code seamlessly running in the background of applications and software, let’s not only look at visible results, but the foundations on which they were built. Otherwise, we would end up seeing everything else but the ‘how’.