2/11/11 Job 23-24; Mark 11-12
S: Mark 12:25 For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven.
O: There is a resurrection, but marriage as an exclusive relationship between a man and a woman ends at death.
A friend of mine was upset about this fact, because of the thought that she would be separated from her husband in eternity. But I think the opposite is true -- in heaven, we will have full communion with God and with the saints. The intimacy that we can only have with one person here on earth will be extended to all in heaven. So instead of having less relationship in heaven than we have here on earth, I suspect the truth is that we'll actually have more.
Another thought this brings up is the American/European myth that people become angels when they die. This is not what the Bible teaches -- the Bible clearly shows angels as separate creations of God. I suspect this myth may have gotten its origin in this verse -- but it says we will be like the angels in heaven, not that we will be angels in heaven.
A: Heaven will be better than earth! So we can trust God and follow Him while we are here, with our eternal reward to come. In this world we will have tribulation, but take courage! Jesus has overcome the world! (John 16:33)
P: Thank You, Father, for the relationship we have with You -- that you have adopted us as Your children. In Jesus' name, amen.
Note: this is using the SOAP method. For more information, see this page (not written by me.)