(v 18 - 27) More Jewish leaders came to Jesus with yet another question. "Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry his brother's widow and care for her."
Jesus agreed that this is how it was written, and so they continued. There were seven brothers. The first one married and died without any children. The second one married the widow and also died leaving no children, and so on until all seven brothers married this woman and died leaving no children. Our question is this. Whose wife shall she be in the resurrection?"
Jesus once again recognized the confusion that sprang up from the ego. And so he spoke to the people from the clarity of the Holy Spirit.
"You are in error because you do not know the oneness of God. The mistake comes from seeing the seven brothers as separate and all wanting the wife for himself. But in the resurrection, the brothers and the wife are one in Spirit with God. There is no separation between them, nor is there any loss.
"The Spirit of our God is one. Have you not read in the book of Moses that our Lord said, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.' This is written to show that our Lord is one God inclusive of all."
(v 28 - 34) One of the teachers of the law listened to the discussion, and he recognized the love in Jesus' answers.
"Teacher," he asked, "of all the commandments, which is most important?"
Jesus looked directly at the man as he answered. "The most important one is this. The Lord, our God, is one. Love the Lord, our God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself within the love of God. There is no commandment greater than these."
"Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but Him. To love Him with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than burnt offerings and sacrifices."
Jesus saw this man understood the message of the good news. He said to the man, "Continue to seek our Lord within. You are not far from the kingdom of Heaven."
(v 35 - 40) Jesus taught the crowds in the temple courts. As they listened, they began to ask if he was the Christ. Some answered "yes" based on what they thought they had heard. But others answered "no" and pointed to prophecy and law to show that Jesus could not be the messiah.
Aware that the people expected the messiah to be a special one, different from themselves, Jesus proceeded to teach the crowd in this way:"How is it that Christ is the son of David? It is written that David himself spoke to the Holy Spirit calling the messiah 'Lord.' Would David call his son 'Lord?'
"The messiah must be one greater than David, but what man could be greater than David, so that David would call him 'Lord?'
"The one that David refers to is one that is with us now. That one does not stand here before you, alone and without you. That one is not among the teachers of the law and not with you. That one does not hold a place of prominence and avoid the place where you are. That one is in all places and with all men. The Christ cannot be separate from anyone, for everyone is within the Christ.
"The messiah is the thought of salvation, and that thought is with you now. The Christ is the acceptance of this thought. Everyone has authority to accept this gift, as it is a gift from our Father to all of His children as one."
(v 41 - 44) That evening, Jesus and the apostles had a discussion about giving offerings to support the temple. Such offerings were considered important within Jewish law, and those who made great offerings were considered great and holy men.
Jesus listened as the apostles discussed the offerings they had seen given that day. They were impressed by the size of the offerings that were given by some of the rich men that had visited the temple during the day.
After listening to all that the apostles had to say, and after listening to the conclusions the apostles drew based on what they saw, Jesus taught the apostles in this way:
"The Lord, your God, wants one thing from you and one thing only. He seeks all that you think, that He may show you all that you are.
"Do not hold back from God. For what you keep, you value, and what you value on earth will keep you from Heaven.
"In this way, the widow who gave two copper coins for our Lord gave more than all the other wealth given today. For she gave all she had, that she may be placed within the hands of God and cared for as He Wills. This woman has shown great faith and trust in her submission to our Lord. Her gift is not unnoticed.
"The gift is not in the money or the material goods given. The gift is not in the size of the sacrifice. The gift is in the submission to the Will of God and the acceptance of this Will as your own.
"Give truly to our Lord, and truly you will receive."