The Woman with Seven Husbands

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As we delve deeper into our walk with Jesus Christ, our hearts realize He experienced much of the same heartache we do today. Betrayal of friends, isolation and loneliness, disbelief from family, rejection from the church, used for other’s selfish purposes, and deception.

The Pharisees of the day were jealous and feared Jesus of Nazareth. Throughout the Gospels, these “religious” leaders who were acquainted with Scripture and God’s laws never cease to amaze me. The “devout” men tried to murder Christ, gossiped maliciously, and attempted to “trap” Jesus openly. Our Lord would not be deterred.

Jesus’ encounters with His religious enemies, the scribes and Pharisees, were pious detractors who attempted to overthrow Christ with spiritual knowledge. “Tell me, John’s baptism, was it from heaven or from men?” After a discussion, the Pharisees replied, “We do not know.” Jesus said, “Nor am I telling you by what kind of authority I do these things.” (Luke 20:3-8). Or better yet, struggling to snag Christ, the scribes asked, “Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Jesus saw through their trickery and asked for a coin. “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does the coin have?” They answered, “Caesar’s.” Jesus responded, “Then pay to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Luke 20:19-26)

Of course we cannot forget the woman caught in adultery, the man no where to be found. What should Jesus do with her? Stone her? “He who is without sin may cast the first stone.” (John 8:1-11) Without fail, the Sadducees try their attempt to entrap Jesus in a ridiculous scenario. So here, we come to the steel-souled priestly elite and the simple Nazarene. My favorite Biblical author, R. Kent Hughes and his series, Preaching the Word, offers insight into this entrapment used to tangle the Galilean.

“Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother.’ At the core of their approach was the custom of levirate marriage that stipulated that if a man’s married brother died childless, he must marry the widow. This was a custom that existed long before the Law, and its neglect created the scandal of Judah and Tamar. Its purpose was to keep the family from dying out and to keep the family wealth intact.

‘Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. The second and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Finally, the woman died too. Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?’ (Luke 20 27-33)

The argument is grotesque, the idea for which they may have borrowed from the apocryphal book of Tobit, which tells the bizarre story of a woman who married seven times only to have each husband strangled by a demon in the bedchamber on the wedding night!” [1]

“Jesus replied, ‘The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angel. But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for 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, for to Him all are live.’

Some of the teachers of the law responded, ‘Well said, Teacher!’ And no one dared to ask Him any more questions.”

“In His stern reproof of these religious men, the Lord exposed their error. First, they had an imperfect knowledge of the Old Testament Scriptures in which they professed to believe in. They were blind to its advocacy. Second, they had an imperfect conception of divine attitudes, and so were ignorant of God’s power. Marriage was ordained to perpetuate the human family on heart, but in heaven this ordinances ceases and the redeemed are like unto angels in respect of their immortality of their nature.” [2]

In Mark’s account, 12:24, “Jesus said to them, ‘Is this not why you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures that teach the resurrection nor the power of God who is able to raise the dead.’ Jesus had no problem calling out those who thought themselves so holy and pious. He exposed the Pharisees and Sadducees for what their hearts truly intended to do. Whether in their inner thoughts or outward verbiage, Jesus rarely let a situation dissipate without His Truth.

We are called to do the same in a very gentle and Christ-like manner, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this gentleness and respect.”

I will also remind you, Jesus held no bitterness or malice to these individuals, for on the cross He cried to His Father, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) The Apostle Paul encourages young Timothy, “Command and teach these things. Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:11-12) He continues in 2 Timothy with, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly hands the Word of Truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Woman, it may be difficult to have a conversation with a strong disbeliever or even a believer whom has used the Word of God in error. We are to gently, with respect, show them the Truth. I pray you ask God for an opportunity to present the Word in Truth and do not worry about what to say, “But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” (Luke 21:14)

We are the salt of the earth. Jesus said if that salt loses it’s saltiness, it is worthless. We are to guard the Gospel with all of our hearts, holding on to Truth, and not to be swayed by the world with it’s ever-changing philosophies. Pray for the words to share, the Truth when confronted, and not to be anxious for anything. Jesus was not.

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