The second married her. He died, and still no child. The same with the third.
All seven took their turn, but no child. Finally the wife died.
When they are raised at the resurrection, whose wife is she? All seven were her husband."
Jesus said, "You're way off base, and here's why: One, you don't know your Bibles; two, you don't know how God works.
After the dead are raised up, we're past the marriage business. As it is with angels now, all our ecstasies and intimacies then will be with God.
And regarding the dead, whether or not they are raised, don't you ever read the Bible? How God at the bush said to Moses, 'I am - not was - the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'?
The living God is God of the living, not the dead. You're way, way off base."
One of the religion scholars came up. Hearing the lively exchanges of question and answer and seeing how sharp Jesus was in his answers, he put in his question: "Which is most important of all the commandments?"
Jesus said, "The first in importance is, 'Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one;
so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.'
And here is the second: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' There is no other commandment that ranks with these."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)