Using Drash in sensus plenior:
Linked portions indicating that marriage is of the flesh.
Ge 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my
flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Eve is flesh and bone of Adam. No mention of spirit.
1Ch 11:1 Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron,
saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.
David is the type of Christ and in sensus plenior Israel represents the church as the bride of Christ.
Job 2:5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his
flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.6 And the LORD said unto
Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. 7 ¶ So went
Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore
boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. 8 And he took him a
potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. 9
Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity?
curse God, and die.
Satan was given permission to afflict Job in flesh and bone which he does in the flesh with boils, but he also comes upon Job's wife who takes the voice of Satan urging him to curse God and die. She is his flesh and bone.
Job 19:20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am
escaped with the skin of my teeth.
Here bone and flesh cleave together linking marriage where:
Ge 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and
shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Unanswered links (these have the same words for linking but the connection is not clear at this time):
Ge 29:14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh.
And he abode with him the space of a month.
Sensus plenior demands intellectual honesty, so that portions that should link but are not clear how, are advertised as non-conforming so that he riddle may be solved. The principle is that since we are to "live by every word" the riddle cannot be declared completely solved until every part is consistently understood.
Opinion is not pitted against opinion, but all who read sensus plenior work together to solve the riddles consistent with the methods and rules. It is like a giant puzzle that no one person can solve completely by himself, but all want to see the whole thing since it is a masterful tapestry of Christ.
The flesh must die
Ge 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
Waters are the Word of God in sensus plenior. Such that his verse says all flesh will die.
Conclusion: Marriage which is of the flesh, dies with the flesh.
Verses teaching that in the resurrection we are like angels:
There are no daughters of God:
Ge 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were
fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
Ge 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after
that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they
bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old,
men of renown.
Nowhere in the Bible is the term "daughters of God" used. If there are no daughters of God, where is marriage? In sensus plenior, the female speaks not of gender, but of "not seeing clearly". Eve was deceived and became a metaphor for all who do not see clearly. Sons are those who see clearly. Luke makes it clear in his genealogy of Jesus, that the righteous are the sons of God by declaring Adam a son of God, implying that the righteous men in the genealogy were all sons of God. Notice that the righteous in his genealogy are all dead, and hold that thought.
Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present
himself before the LORD.
The sons of god who presented themselves before God are not men, because men are still on earth.
When the morning stars of creation were formed man did not yet exist, so these sons of God are not men.
Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God
shouted for joy?
Sands of the sea
Abraham's descendants and the hosts of heaven are compared to the sands of the sea.
Ge 32:12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy
seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
Jer 33:22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand
of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant,
and the Levites that minister unto me.
Conclusion: Since the righteous men in Luke's genealogy are dead, yet in the resurrection, and since, as Jesus notes, God is the God of the living, and they are called the sons of God, the same as the angels in Job are called the sons of God, we will be like the angels in resurrection. We will all see clearly, and hence be figuratively male. "Women must become male" ... paraphrase from Gospel of Thomas.*
Sensus plenior permits us to discern the source of Jesus's teaching and does not fall under Jesus's condemnation.
- The gospel of Thomas is not used as an authority. It merely shows the common usage of the metaphor that the female represents those who do not see clearly. The saying in Thomas is the same as making the blind see.
Using Pentateuch alone
Although the answer above is sufficient to satisfy many of the listeners, who accepted the referenced scriptures. It has been noted that the Sadducees only accepted the Pentateuch , and therefore would not have received Jesus's rebuke.
The premise of sensus plenior is that Jesus learned who he was from the hidden pictures of the OT. As such he did not have to use omniscience to discern such things. Such use would taint the purity of the kenosis, and throw doubt upon the claim that he was tempted in every way as we are, since he would have taken advantage of attributes of deity to resist temptation that are not available to us.
He then taught the methods in the temple when he was 12 years old. The Jewish leaders has 18 years to pervert his teaching so that they would not lose their influence over the people.
If Jesus felt compelled to use only scripture that they accepted, then we must use only Genesis to resolve the riddle. However, Jesus's condemnation said that they did not know the scriptures. This alone can be read that their limiting the word of God to Genesis alone was being condemned. But for the sake of discussion, let's see if it can be resolved within Genesis itself:
In sensus plenior using Drash, the wives of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah and Joseph become one woman. Their husbands are types of Christ. So there are seven kinsman (another meaning for brother) who had one wife. If this is the source of the riddle, then they are simply mocking Jesus and changing the rules for sensus plenior into a dirty joke. If the rule was applied properly, all the kinsmen would become one man, Christ Jesus.
The question now becomes, where in Genesis does it say Christ is not married in heaven?
Genesis 2:21 The wife of Adam as a type of Christ, is brought into existence through his death (sleep also means death, dictionary). The bride of Christ is flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone, The church is called not only the bride of Christ but the body of Christ. Therefore the marriage of Christ is in the flesh. If the church is the body of Christ on earth his marriage was an earthly marriage.
Since there are no daughters of God, and since the female represents those who do not see clearly, there will be no daughters in the resurrection. Those who do not see clearly (the blind) will see. So they will all be male (having nothing to do with gender, but representing that they see).
The question was mere mockery, intentionally twisting the method that Jesus taught in the temple, since the seven men become one man just as all the wives become one woman.