But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living. - Matthew 22:31-32
This passage is doubly amazing. A first point to notice is the fact that while quoting God from the Pentateuch (which was written by Moses), Jesus bases His argument for the reality of the resurrection on the tense of the verb “to be”! God did not say, “I was the God of Abraham . . . .” Since He still is Abraham’s God, long after Abraham had died, the resurrection is real. That is how precise God’s word is!
But there is another word in verse 31 that should blow us away. Did you see what Jesus just told the Sadducees in the previous verse? He said, “Have you not read what was spoken to you by God”!! Not only is Jesus communicating that what Moses wrote is the actual word of God, but that it still is His personal communication to us from God! The implications are nothing short of profound.
God literally speaks to us today simply through our reading of the Bible! Hebrews 4:12 tells us that His word is living, active, and sharp enough to reveal the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. This underlines how important it is to learn to read (thanks, teachers!), but also to use that skill on a daily basis to spend time listening to God. Don’t neglect this awesome privilege! His living Word goes on to say (in Hebrews 12:25) “see to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking.” Notice again the tense of the verb “to be.” He is still speaking.
Are you listening?
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