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God of the Living - by Michael Phillips
Study in Luke - Part 78 of 94
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Luke 20:27-40
Nov 09, 2003 am - Another Trick Question Luke Chapter 20 is a kind of Open Forum. The host is our Lord Jesus Christ; the people calling in are His enemies. Because they hate Him, their questions are not honest, but designed solely to catch Him in His words and to make a fool of Him. That's what they want, but it's not what they get! In fact, it is they who are made fools of in the chapter while Jesus Christ comes off looking like the One in Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The results are not accidental! Without making anyone sin, God uses the wickedness of men to make His Son look good. That's what happens in our chapter. At the end of it, He looks so good that His enemies change tactics: they stop loading their questions and starts loading their guns. One way or the other, they're going to nail Him. THE SADDUCEES The men doing the dirty work this time are the Sadducees. This is the only time Luke mentions them by name and so just a little of their background is in order. They are from the priestly class, though not all of them work in the Temple. They are a small minority of men who are wealthy and powerful way beyond their numbers. They got that way by collaborating ... More >>>

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