Change Is Coming
This is Pastor Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, November 10, 2013. The scripture is Luke 20:27-38. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.
This is from The Message:
27Some Sadducees came up. This is the Jewish party that denies any possibility of resurrection. 28They asked, “Teacher, Moses wrote us that if a man dies and leaves a wife but no child, his brother is obligated to take the widow to wife and get her with child. 29Well, there once were seven brothers. 30The first took a wife. He died childless. 31The second married her and died, then the third, and eventually all seven had their turn, but no child. 32After all that, the wife died. 33That wife, now—in the resurrection whose wife is she? All seven married her.” 34Jesus said, “Marriage is a major preoccupation here, but not there. 35Those who are included in the resurrection of the dead will no longer be concerned with marriage nor, of course, with death. 36They will have better things to think about, if you can believe it. All ecstasies and intimacies then will be with God. 37Even Moses exclaimed about resurrection at the burning bush, saying, ‘God: God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob!’ 38God isn’t the God of dead men, but of the living. To him all are alive.”
The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.