Monday, January 23, 2012

Genesis Bible Study notes- Chapter 23

Chapter 23-

-Sarah passes away at the age of 127 in Hebron (Kiriath-arba), and Abraham goes in to mourn and weep for her.

-Abraham speaks with the sons of Heth about a burial spot he has chosen, which they encourage him to do in the choicest of their graves because they see him as a prince that is mighty among them. Abraham approaches Ephron, son of Zohar, about the cave of Machpelah, which is at the end of his field. Abraham is more than willing to pay full price for the property to bury his wife there in that spot. Ephron desires to give him the field and the cave, but Abraham insists on paying the market value for it. Four hundred shekels of silver is agreed upon for the entire property and the deed was handed over.

-Abraham buried Sarah, his wife, in the cave of the field at Machpelah facing Mamre (that is Hebron) in the land of Canaan. The land was deeded over by the sons of Heth.

-Mourning over our lost loved ones is difficult in life. It is a kindness shown by these people to Abraham in this instance, and we should appreciate all that people do for us in our times of grieving and loss. While Abraham was saddened, he did business valiantly and never lost his composure to do the right thing in paying market value for the gravesite of his wife. This is testimony to this patriarch’s greatness and perseverance in troubled times.

Verse to Memorize: Genesis 23:2

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