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September 28, 2021 7:05 am
Imagine the audacity of trying to stop Jesus with a trick question. That's precisely what the religious leaders did in the first century face-to-face with the Messiah.
The Sadducees concocted a hypothetical scenario in which a widow remarried seven times over, and in each case, she survived her deceased husband so they asked Jesus which one of these men will remain her husband in heaven today on Insight for living. Chuck Swindoll invites us to watch the encounter unfold in Matthew chapter 22. He titled today's message with this looming question will we be married in heaven our father for the pleasure of worship we come to worship you as the King of our lives as the Lord of our decisions is the master of our walk on this earth.
We want you to know our father that our love for you is not a partial is total and we gather today because we realize we cannot make it without you.
If we could would be home we wouldn't give much thought to gatherings like this but we need to be here. We love being with you and with one another. Find favor Lord in our presence before you get our act of worship. And now as we give be honored and are giving which is also a vital part of our worship in the name of the one who is our King, our master in our we pray and we get everyone's site for living to study the book of Matthew with Chuck Swindoll. Be sure to download his searching the Scripture studies by going to inside world.org/studies and now the message from Chuck titled, will we be married in heaven regarding the power of God, look at what he says in verse 34 and the dead rise. They will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven. Please observe first how much he believes in the resurrection, not the dead will be raised, but that did rise second. Please notice what he says about marriage. They will neither marry nor be given in memory I mentioned earlier, Randy Alcorn's book "from what is written.
Perhaps he makes it clear that I could quote earthly marriage is a shadow and echo of the true and ultimate marriage a perfect marriage with Christ. Once that ultimate marriage begins. All the human marriages that pointed to it will have served their noble purpose and will be assimilated into the one great marriage. They foreshadowed the purpose of marriage on earth is not to replace heaven, but to prepare us for it. Then he gives his own personal illustration. He names his wife says she's my best friend. My closest sister in Christ, will we become distant, in heaven, of course not, will become closer unconvinced the joys of marriage will be far greater because of the character and love of our bridegroom Christ on earth. The closer we draw to him.
The closer we draw to each other. Surely the same will be true in heaven. Jesus said the institution of human marriage would end. Having fulfilled its purpose. But he never hinted that deep relationships between married people would in some understand it, we could take it for what it says.
Be careful when you do that, not to add to it.
Put some restraint on your imagination. Let's let it say what it says. The dead will rise so resurrection is is a sure thing. We will not be marrying or giving in marriage, so that's also a fact look at the third part of the verse they will be like the angels in heaven maybe have never done this but I suggest that you make a study of the angels you will learn much about your eternal state. When you study about the angels I give you a quick little glimpse angels worship we will worship they exalted their Lord God our creator, we will do the same.
However, they do not engage in sexual relations. We will not. They do not reproduce, nor will we in heaven they do not give birth, nor will we angels are sinless deathless and ageless. The same will be true of us. They delight in the will and presence of their creator, so will we miss is that these are the benefits of thinking theologically. He says you will be as the angels in heaven. When you read that set your mind free to go to the Scriptures and study what the Bible says about angels and you will be free from superstition and theological error now make one more segment here before I move on. Ignorance is not bliss. All my life I've heard well. Ignorance is bliss. Nothing blissful about ignorance it's about slavery. People would sleep ignorance about God keeps people atheistic ignorance about Christ causes most people not to understand the love of God and the offer that he makes possible through his son threw himself at the cross. Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is chaotic, so your goal as a believer is to be informed. That's why you will often choose to attend the class were good information is given that prepares you with knowledge that replaces longtime suspicion long time that humans I wrote a book on grace years ago when on how many people have written me out. I do know what the response would be, but I been so many I would say no hundreds maybe 1000 say to me I had no idea what grace was all about until I read this and you know what all I did was pull from the Scriptures what it says about grades and help people see in writing what that subject is all about how to live in grace how to extend rights how to treat people in grace. The same is true here.
So don't let yourself when death gets near to be caught up in a lot of fear want to worry a lot of anxiety about what's going to be like like the comedian who said that I'm not afraid of it.
I just don't want to be there when it happened.
Well, when you're informed. You want to be there when it happened.
My granddad used to say I want to be taken up to be with the Lord when I'm alive I want to go through the whole process of death, I want to see how all of that is going to work and come together in such a beautiful way the Lord did not make you wonder what is going to do with you when you're no longer on this earth.
He is a perfect plan perfect plan gives us a little hint of what life will be like as he says we will be as the angels in heaven. Now he goes even further, and he addresses the Scriptures, look at this he's talking to people who think they are so sharp in the Scriptures. The problem with the Sadducees, they based everything on just what the first five books of the Bible. Paul called the Pentateuch, or the law. I think it's genius of Jesus. To quote from the law and use a verse from the very passages that they would be familiar with to put the. The quietus on their own on their argument would do what he says he's as good now as to whether there will be resurrection of the dead. Haven't you ever read about this in the Scriptures which is a rather openface slam against them.
These people who thought they were walking Bibles you ever read in the Scriptures long after Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had died.
God said I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob emphasis on the I am. I am the I am of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
What makes it interesting is all three of them have long been did, but in Exodus 3 in verse six, or that verse is found.
Jesus quotes from it. He says God is the God of the living, not the God of the dead. If there were no resurrection, what is the doing talking about being the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jan and Jacob and their staying there with her mouth open, wondering what the owner say in response.
So they say nothing. See that little blank space at the end of verse 32 that represents their brain.
At this point what to say he's gonna but he doesn't folded pieces leaves it. She when you know what you're talking about those who don't know the Scriptures you have to scream and shout, yell and consult and go through all of that.
The Bible speaks for itself. Jesus drawing from Exodus 36 makes the statement statement that it been made to Moses and he says he's the God of the living, not of the dead. Look at the response of the crowd when the crowd heard him they were us pounded at the teaching, by the way I look through this 22nd chapter, and I got three verses that I marked with an arrow.
Each is a response to Jesus answer verse 22. Look at what the Pharisees and the Herodian respondent's reply amazed them and they went away. No argument there is no room for argument.
He answered them in their silence. The one we just saw verse 33, when the crowds heard him they were astounded at his teaching, no argument, no pushback, just astonishment. Verse 46.
No one can answer it and after that no one dared to ask him any more question, I can speak for you, but I've had the privilege of my student days of sitting in classrooms that were taught by very competent professors very reliable individuals who knew their subject and as is often true in the class like this. I'm referring to my years at Dallas seminary.
There will always be a few students who think they're come today to stop the professor and they give it a try and they ask a question and the prophet who has probably had 15 other students just like him or her ants the same question. Years passed, will sit and listen let the student share with him some of the is intelligence that he can't afford to lose. But he lets them go ahead and run off at the mall when he finishes the prop just like a surgeon to surgically fix the issue apart and I were. I remember sitting in thinking the best response to this is silence just be quiet now. Normally a student like that will be quiet with her so it's on so that they can, you idiot you keep this up he's going to saw you all that lamb with a hard set of facts, you be wise not to say anything else.
Why because that man or that woman knows what they're talking about.
Jesus knew where they were going and what they were trying to do it. He simply gave them the facts and you know what else he left us, he left us a pretty good guideline for our lives we show you see that go back to verse 29. Let's see how this affects us today I want to talk about the two major flaws in the lives of most Christian libido. Verse 29. The first mistake is a number not real well versed in the Scripture we don't know the Scriptures do you can you defend your case from the Scriptures regarding resurrection and life after death. Can you show from the Scriptures that we will literally see Christ face-to-face have a relationship with him.
Could you describe the crowns that will be ours that will be granted as rewards for life lived on earth you know the Scriptures on the crowns. You know what the Bible teaches about eternal hell. By the way teachers more about that in about heaven. Are you aware of the biblical teaching on. I know you know what your friend says I don't care what your friend says I care what the book said when the Bible states it your on solid ground because God never lies to his own know where my going with this.
Not, not simply to rebuke or reprove us but to encourage you to begin a program of Bible study. We live in a day when there's so much available for this you can go online you can tune into many a broadcast that teaches the Bible you can get into a program that's a home Bible study and as a group you can learn together you could take a short course in most Bible colleges or seminaries, for you can do your own study and I'll tell you this will cost you a thing Price of a book I wrote a book, searching the Scriptures. I never talk about my stuff. But I do it here because it's appropriate you get that book can you sit down at your table with that book on one side your Bible on the other you can do your own Bible study you learn out of observe the Scriptures interpret the Scriptures. Compare Scripture with Scripture and apply Scripture you can do it you can do it and I'll tell you what else it will equip you and take away your uncertainty regarding life, you will no longer be confused about suffering you learn why we suffer you'll learn what it what it means to remain stable in the midst of storm you will learn how you can live a life without fear. You can't beat that begin your own study. Searching the Scripture on your own. I would say this, start with the reading program you want to get a book start on your own. You got up 66 books right here began in Genesis begin on the song start in Proverbs. Take one of the letters of Paul on your own. You read 30 minutes a day, sit down with your Bible open TV all in a place where you won't be interrupted and pour over what you're reading read aloud read repeatedly read thoughtfully and I'll tell you the crowning part begin the Scripture memory program.
Jesus said the word memorize the quotes directly from Exodus 36 and in other places. He's not walking around with scrolls. He's got it memorized. The navigators is a great program to begin with, connect with them and build up you know how to get underway in your own Scripture memory program is submits the method I use and I still employ the same principles as I did when I first became acquainted with. You become a student of the memorized word. Trust me you will begin to really know your life it will give you a confidence that you never had before. You won't have to rely on what I'm teaching you pull it out for yourself. Now when you are involved in worship like this. It'll only verify what your digging level so let me encourage you to begin your own study of God's word. I know you've heard this, you've heard it since we started as a church you tendency is to think you know I can't remember Jack, you said this will be times if you done it. What are you doing about it. You will learn to draw the car by reading you learn by doing it being trained, putting it into action is all part of learning the script. Now here's the second second factor is not knowing the power of God. Your human being ever more familiar with the power of our government that you are with the power of God which ain't much power. By the way on my day you're familiar with the power of those people that are in authority over you, maybe your balls or those who have a responsible position. The power of God. I'm talking about a life of faith that begins with prayer about beginning every day coming before the Lord with simple words like here I am Lord facing this day. I got some things that I'm going to have to deal with it will be easy go before me, help me through them. I'm gonna lay all of this in front of the Lord, trust you.
I want to see your power go to work in my life. I want you to work this out because frankly it's beyond me to do it.
The power of God, confident prayer can I mention one other discipline than on through begin your own journal about a diary, your own private journal. Not writing down all the stuff you're doing the clock. 1131 34.
Click that that's a diary or journal you write down what God is showing you what you were learning and then you're able to look back over the previous weeks and see how God worked, and it strengthens you as you record this today.
You you were in church and you listen to this and you were encouraged to begin to make notations about God's hand in your life and you record how we work this out.
Or maybe the struggle you're going through in your trusting them. So you're right your prayer in your journal what a what what a great way to build into your life with your own fingers. Thoughts disentangle themselves over the lips and through the fingertips. Thoughts disentangle themselves over the lips and through the fingertips. Write it out. Think it through prayer over trust God want you to bow your heads with me please. You've listened so well. I want you to continue to for just a few more moments you absolutely certain that you know the Lord. Maybe you don't know the Scriptures because you you you you really don't know Christ you know of him you know about him, but you and hear him you in here not really on speaking terms, and you'd love to be.
You'd love to have a relationship with God. That's meaningful and personal and really transforming that's possible begins with simple words like a prayer Lord, I'm coming before you today to admit that things have not been right between you and me. I'm lost.
I've been going my own way long enough. I wanted to stop. I love to know your book and I'd love to know your power. But first I want to know Jesus.
I invite him to come and take residence in my life and become for me. My own Savior and Master my guy. Thank you Lord for coming into my life would love to help you in this journey, but we can't. If you don't ask. So please ask.
Or maybe you're just rather write us do that. Let us help you begin to know Christ to know the Scriptures power. Thank you father for the hope that there is in this life that not even death is enough to derail us and depress us for there is hope beyond the grave through Christ help all of us today to realize the value of knowing the Scriptures and being plugged into the power of our God make that a reality. Lord and begin today. Give us a an intense dissatisfaction with where we are and we might turn our lives over to maybe have the discipline to follow through on these challenges, which we've heard this day the father dismiss us with the encouragement that only you can bring through Christ our Savior. Everyone said a man. The religious leaders of Jesus day were curious to see how he would answer this question will we be married in heaven, and hearing his response gives us a glimpse of our relationships in heaven as well. You're listening to Insight for living just a few moments ago you heard Chuck Swindoll talk about the importance of satisfying our curiosity by conducting personal study. In God's word. It's important.
Chuck says that we search the Scriptures on her own rather than relying on others to interpret the truth. Chuck suggested that you get a copy of the book is written in which he shows us how to study the Bible's book is called searching the Scriptures. It's designed to sit on the table alongside your Bible as you employ specific disciplines such as observation, interpretation, correlation and application in the introduction of his book, Chuck wrote for more than 60 years, I've cultivated a love for the Bible and pursued an understanding of it. My purpose in writing this book is to help you do the same to purchase a copy of searching the Scriptures give us a call at 800-772-8888 to see some sample pages and order your copy today go to Insight.org/offer look for the book called searching the Scriptures in closing remind you that your generous donations are what empower Insight for living to deliver these daily Bible studies, when you give actually making it possible for others across the country to have access to Chuck's Bible teaching day never passes without hearing from someone who writes or calls to tell us how much they value the spiritual lessons and encouragement they receive Insight for living.
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