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Mark 12: False Dilemmas

posted Oct 24, 2012, 8:34 AM by solomon yang

The Sadducees come to Jesus with a question. “If a woman marries seven times, whose wife will she be at the resurrection?” I don’t think they were really interested in the answer. I think they were just looking to stump Jesus with a perfect dilemma they had conceived in their mind. But Jesus says such “dilemma” stems from ignorance. He says, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures of the power of God?” (12:24).

Do you ever struggle with false dilemmas? Do you ever say, “God can’t be this way” or “God can’t do that”? When you see a dire situation, do you say, “There’s no hope”? When you face an overwhelming challenge, do you say, “It’ not possible?” I say these are “false dilemmas” because “all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27), because“in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28).

Much of our struggle has to do with our ignorance. We do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. God has much to say about the concerns we have in life. He hasn’t abandoned us to figure out life on our own or to make it work on our own. Through His Word, God reveals His will to us and imparts His wisdom to us. When we’re rooted in God’s Word, we grow in wisdom. When we ignore it, we end up being “badly mistaken.” (12:27). What will it be?