Know Who Has Tons of Experience?


Luke 20:27-40 (ESV)

There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. And the second and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. Afterward the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.”

And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” For they no longer dared to ask him any question.

This passage says something interesting about heaven, but it says something more important about angels. Angels don’t reproduce. Despite all the artwork depicting little cherubic baby angels, there are no baby angels. Every angel is thousands of years old. This applies to demons too.

Christians ignore angels and demons at their peril. Sure, we know very little about them but that doesn’t justify not trying to learn. They are very powerful. This passage shows another important trait – they are incredibly experienced.

Think about the difference between someone who has 6 months experience in a field versus someone who has 50 years (100 times as much). Night and day, right? So multiply by 100 again and try to imagine experts with 5,000 years of experience.

They would have tried every trick in the book dozens of times and have figured out what works and what doesn’t. They would know the ideal time to try something. They would know what situations are best. They would have experienced every form of failure, and have learned how to avoid the pitfalls. Someone with just a hundred years of experience would be a neophyte in their eyes.

This is what demons know about deception. Without outside help, we don’t stand a chance.

We don’t just need to pray; we need hearts of prayer. If prayer is something we do for a few minutes and then hang up, we’ve missed the point. Sure, we do other things, but our hearts should never be disconnected. We need to learn to live in the presence of God.

This leads to a curious prayer request. We need to pray about how to pray. A life of constant connection is different. It feels different. It is different.

Ask God today to teach you how to stay plugged in.

The Holy Spirit is your connection. Invite Him to be more active.

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Mike Slay

As a mathematician, inventor, and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, Mike Slay brings an analytical, conversational, and even whimsical approach to the daily study of God's Word.