Matthew 22:23-46

We read in the above text how the Sadducees who do not believe in resurrection attempted to trap Jesus with the story of a woman who successively got married to seven brothers. Since she was unable to bear a child for all seven of them according to the Law of Moses, they asked Jesus who this woman will be married to at resurrection. His response of course portrayed their ignorance of the scripture and the power of God. None will be given to marriage in heaven, he answered. Furthermore if God introduced himself as God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, then He is the God of the living and not of the dead, re-affirming indeed the resurrection of the dead.

The Pharisees equally came to tempt him by asking for what can be regarded as the greatest commandment. Love the Lord with all your heart, your soul and mind, this is the greatest and the second is Love your Neighbor as yourself he answered. He further inquired of them about the identity of the messiah and they responded that he is the Son of David. Why then will David according to the scriptures refer to him as Lord, Jesus asked and this response silenced them all.

Jesus operated with such wisdom that his adversaries could not comprehend. The same wisdom you have if really Christ is in you. If you operate in this wisdom, no adversary will be able to trap you in words or in deed.

I have a mouth and a wisdom which none of my adversary will be able to gainsay or resist.

Reading – Matthew 22:23-46

Marriage at the Resurrection

23 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 24 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. 26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. 27 Finally, the woman died. 28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”

29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 31 But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’[a]? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.

The Greatest Commandment

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[b] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Whose Son Is the Messiah?

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”

“The son of David,” they replied.

43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,

44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
    under your feet.”’[d]

45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.


  1. Matthew 22:32 Exodus 3:6
  2. Matthew 22:37 Deut. 6:5
  3. Matthew 22:39 Lev. 19:18
  4. Matthew 22:44 Psalm 110:1

All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.