Daily D – Luke 20:37-38
“Moses even indicated in the passage about the burning bush that the dead are raised, where he calls the Lord 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, because all are living to him.”
LUKE 20:37-38 (CSB)
I was the Baptist preacher for a small, country church when I was in college. The church also had a Presbyterian preacher. Two Sundays a month, they were Baptist. The other two Sundays, they were Presbyterian. On fifth Sundays, they stayed home.
This church was known for having the neatest, tidiest, most well-cared-for cemetery in that part of Texas. I spent some time one day capturing photos of the church building and grounds.
An old gentleman happened to be working in the graveyard that day. It was summertime and yet he was covered from head to toe to protect against the sun. He wore a broad-brimmed hat, gloves, long-sleeve shirt, overalls, and boots. You cannot see one spot of skin in the photo. All you can see are the angles of the tilt of his head, his hands and arms working the hoe with precision in eradicating unwelcome weeds.
It really is a pretty cemetery.
In the story today’s text comes from, there is a debate about whether there is any such thing as the resurrection of the dead. One group of religious leaders said Yes. The other said No. A test case was presented to Jesus. He pointed out the flaw in their thinking. God is. He is the Eternally-Present One. We are. We are here for a while and then we return to the dust.
As Moses prayed in Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.” When we die, we do not disappear forever. We are alive with God or apart from him.
No doubt the debate raged on after Jesus spoke the truth. A few days later, come Sunday morning just after dawn, Pharisees and Sadducees would discover that what Jesus said was true. Resurrection happens. Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25).
Our Father in heaven is not carefully tending a cemetery. He is not the master crypt keeper. He is the giver of life. He offers each of us an eternal kind of life. We will be with him forever in all his loving goodness or apart from him stripped of anything considered good away from him. Join Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus by receiving God’s good gift today.
I will only visit cemeteries.
Our Father, you have made heaven our home. You have prepared a place for each of us. You will receive us to yourself and we will be with you forever. Thank you for making that way home possible through faith in Jesus. Amen.
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6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
9 Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12 look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Job 40:6–14.
Job 29:21-25 21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.