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32I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
32 Verse 32. I am the God of Abraham] Let it be observed, that

Abraham was dead upwards of 300 years before these words were

spoken to Moses: yet still God calls himself the God of Abraham,

&c. Now Christ properly observes that God is not the God of the

dead, (that word being equal, in the sense of the Sadducees, to an

eternal annihilation,) but of the living; it therefore follows

that, if he be the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, these are not

dead, but alive; alive with God, though they had ceased, for some

hundreds of years, to exist among mortals. We may see, from this,

that our Lord combats and confutes another opinion of the

Sadducees, viz. that there is neither angel nor spirit; by showing

that the soul is not only immortal, but lives with God, even while

the body is detained in the dust of the earth, which body is

afterwards to be raised to life, and united with its soul by the

miraculous power of God, of which power they showed themselves to

be ignorant when they denied the possibility of a resurrection.