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This universal hope would, no doubt, be unquestioned by Christians were it not for the interference of the skeptical Sadducees, who asked Jesus the difficult question we read in our text of Matt.22:23-33.
Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Zealots How cool is it that New Years is right after Christmas?
The Pharisees and Sadducees were the tenants of the vineyard (Israel), and were supposed to bear fruit (works of righteousness) for the master of the vineyard (God the Father).
Discovered accidentally by a Bedouin shepherd searching a cave in the Qumran region near the Dead Sea, the scrolls had been hidden by the Essenes (a Jewish sect similar to the Pharisees and Sadducees) just prior to the fall of Jerusalem in A.D.
In Acts 5, the Sadducees and high priest put the Apostles in prison, but an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and communicated with them that they needed to preach the Gospel.
You see, there were a lot of Priests, there were a lot of Pharisees, there were a lot of Sadducees that lived 2000 years ago, who, if you asked them, they would say, “I would give anything to hear the voice of God.
And also in the presence of the Jewish council he had showed no disrespect, and this whole tumult had been excited by the strife of the two parties— the Pharisees and the Sadducees which composed it— when he declared his faith in the resurrection, which the Pharisees believe, but which the Sadducees deny.
“ I Tthe false doctrine] of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees” will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt (Matt.
In harmony with this, the true and full meaning of anastasis— a complete or full raising up out of death— is our Lord’s expression to the Sadducees who inquired concerning a woman of many husbands, “ In the resurrection [anosfosts] whose wife shall she be?” (Luke 20:33) Our Lord avoided giving them a direct reply, perhaps because it would have re quired a long discourse concerning the future, for which they in their cavilling spirit were wholly unready, and perhaps because the due time for information respecting God’s methods and dealings during the Millennial age were not yet due to be explained.