555 Difficult Bible Questions Answered

327. Was There Heartlessness in Jesus' Words: "Let the Dead Bury Their Dead"?

No. He meant to convey that the proclaiming of the Kingdom of God was more important even than to bury the dead—an office which could be performed by those spiritually dead as well as by one who had been called to the Master's service. He did not belittle the office of burial, but simply put it in contrast with the more imperative duty of preaching the Gospel.