Quick Thought – Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Acts 22:30 – 23:11

And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.
Acts 23:7-8


Sometimes it can be a bit confusing to figure out who’s who in the Bible. For example, in today’s passage, there’s a lot of mention of Pharisees and Sadducees. These two groups were the biggest groups of men in the Jewish temple during Jesus’ time. Each one had its own beliefs, and they really didn’t like each other.

There is a children’s song called “I Just Want to Be a Sheep” by Brian Howard that can help you remember who’s who between these groups. In two verses, Brian says:

Don’t wanna be a Pharisee
Don’t wanna be a Pharisee
‘Cause they’re not fair you see
Don’t wanna be a Pharisee

Don’t wanna be a Sadducee
Don’t wanna be a Sadducee
‘Cause they’re so sad you see
Don’t wanna be a Sadducee

The Pharisees believed in selective adherence to God’s laws. Basically, they were, “Do as I say, not as I do.” That’s why they weren’t “fair, you see.”

But one of the main beliefs of the Sadducees is the point of today’s scripture. While the Pharisees did believe in a Resurrection where God would issue reward and punishment, the Sadducees believed there was absolutely nothing after this life. They had no hope coming from God or anything else, and that’s why they were “sad, you see.”

God wants us to be both fair and hopeful. He wants us to live this life reading His Word and applying it to our lives every day. But He also wants us to live this life in expectation of the life to come, looking forward to the reward of eternity for those who accept Him and His Son, Jesus Christ.

How about you? Are you fair or unfair? Are you happy or sad? Where does your hope come from? Today, spend some time thinking about a child’s song and place your hope in the One who made you, who loves you and who wants to spend forever with you.

Reflection copyright © 2018 Doug DeBolt

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


About Douglas Blaine

Capnpen is a writer who was a newspaper and magazine journalist in a previous life. A college journalism major, he now works as an English teacher, but gets his writing fix by blogging about a variety of topics, including politics, religion, movies and television. When he's not working or blogging, Capnpen spends time with his family, plays a little golf (badly) and loves to learn about virtually anything.
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