Genesis 23

Genesis 23 has Sarah dying after 127 years on this earth.  She died at Kiriath-arba while they were wandering around the lands.  Abraham “went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her”.  She had been Abraham’s wife and partner for a very long time, and had given him the son God had promised. And now, Abraham is in need of a place to bury his bride.  Being in a foreign land, he has to seek a place so he asks them to “give me property among you for a burying place, that I may bury my dead out of my sight”.

The Hittites, the people living in this foreign land, heard Abraham’s request and told him he could bury Sarah in any tomb he would like.  They go through some formalities and Abraham asks for a field owned by Ephron.  Abraham offers to pay for it, but Ephron doesn’t really want money.  They do the dance back and forth and Abraham finally ends up paying four hundred shekels of silver for the land.  That seemed to be a fair price that made all parties happy.

They do the transaction in public before the Hittite people so everyone knew what the deal was.  It is obvious that they knew about Abraham and his relationship with God.  His life had to glow with God’s touch and hand.  They called him “a prince of God among us”.  What do people think of you based on your walk with Christ?  Can they tell that you are a prince of God?  Does your life smell sweet with God’s touch?  Are you a living example of what it means to be a Christ Follower?

Abraham mourned his wife’s death and even that was a testimony to God’s faithfulness.  We have the opportunity to represent God in all we say and do.  We are being watched by many people all the time, and we have the responsibility to walk with Him and live life in a way that honors and glorifies God and points people to Him.  Abraham does that, even in time of death.  He is known as a godly man and points people to the Father through his life as he created his legacy.

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