The Sadducees were a religious sect in Jesus’ time who did not believe in Resurrection. Many of us are quite familiar with their encounter with Jesus (you can read it in Matthew 22:23-32, Mark 12:18-27, Luke 20:27-38). I like the way the AMP version of Luke’s Gospel puts Jesus’ words in verse 38:
“Now He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all men are alive [whether in the body or out of it] and they are alive [not dead] unto Him [in definite relationship to Him]“
In the above episode, Jesus referred to Exodus 3:6 which reads:
“Also He said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.“
Of course when God appeared to Moses here, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were long gone in the flesh yet God still used “I am” not “I was”. This is comforting in two ways: One, God remains the “I AM”. Two, death is not the end of believers; it’s just a transition to a greater glory.
Food for thought:
If you read through the Book of Luke, you will notice that the author made a lot of reference to Jesus “knowing their thoughts”. I’d read a book on the gifts of the Holy Spirit soon, but I think this falls under “Discerning of spirits”.
We are not serving a dead God but the “I AM”. That phrase signifies a continuum.