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   So often Jesus mainly told parables (or stories¹).

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   But not always.

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   In Matthew 22² Jesus offers specific details that are seemingly new information.

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   From Mt. 22:23-30.   Sadducees (who believe in no resurrection) give an example of a woman who marries 7 brothers–one at a time, each brother dying soon after marriage, they doing their duty to provide an heir for the family. In such a (preposterous) case, whose wife would she be in the resurrection? Says Jesus: “…in the resurrection [people] neither marry or are given in marriage, but are like the angels.”

   Therefore, there is no marriage later on.

   From Mt. 22:34-40.  The Pharisees (who do believe in the resurrection), one of them a lawyer, asks “…which is the great [i.e. greatest] commandment in the Law?”  Jesus answers: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these  two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

   Hence, here is a summary statement of what God wants and expects. The other laws–10 commandments and other specific directions–fit under these two.

   Usually, when Jesus is being challenged, people are trying to catch Him in some kind of error. In such cases, Jesus turns the challengers away from their trying to trap Him.

   Not here. The details given add to our knowledge about God and the future.

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   ¹ Jesus uses many methods of teaching. Often (according to what’s recorded) He resorted to telling parables, or stories with a message. After these, it appears that he left hearers to ponder the stories and figure them out for themselves. Not here, though.

   ² This comes from my daily devotional reading–which I thoroughly enjoy!