That same day the Sadducees came to Jesus with a question. They do not believe that people rise from the dead.
"Teacher," they said, "here is what Moses told us. If a man dies without having children, his brother must get married to the widow. He must have children to carry on his brother's name.
There were seven brothers among us. The first one got married and died. Since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother.
The same thing happened to the second and third brothers. It happened right on down to the seventh brother.
Finally, the woman died.
Now then, when the dead rise, whose wife will she be? All seven of them were married to her."
Jesus replied, "You are mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures. And you do not know the power of God.
When the dead rise, they won't get married. And their parents won't give them to be married. They will be like the angels in heaven.
"What about the dead rising? Haven't you read what God said to you?
He said, 'I am the God of Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. And I am the God of Jacob.'#1(Exodus 3:6)#2 He is not the God of the dead. He is the God of the living."
When the crowds heard this, they were amazed by what he taught.