Saturday, November 19, 2016
The ruling body of the Jews was known as the Sanhedrin, and it was composed of three rival factions. Although they could not get along together, they all objected to Jesus's popularity with the people.
After the Pharisees and the high priests had failed intripping Jesus up, the sadducees made their effort. Now, they were Jews in name only, they didn't believe in the resurrection of the dead. They only believed that they were the people of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In their attempt to look foolish, they attacked his belief in the resurrection of the dead. They did this by making up a story of a woman who had seven husbands who had each died, making way for the next one. They were making heaven seem ridiculous by picturing it as a place where a woman would be hopping between seven beds.
Pushing that story aside, Jesus asked them asked them if they were the people of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and by getting them to ascent to that, he made them see that they actually agreed in life after death.