Genesis 23

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“So Abraham bought the plot of land belonging to Ephron at Machpelah, near Mamre. This included the field itself, the cave that was in it, and all the surrounding trees” (Genesis 23:17 NLT).

January 10, 2018

The Lord had promised the land of Canaan to Abraham, yet he lived in the land as “a stranger and a foreigner” (Gen. 23:4). But when his wife, Sarah, died. he bought a plot of land for her burial. The first record in the Bible of a man weeping is Abraham weeping at his wife’s death. Yet, the man of faith, did not falter in grief, nor become disheartened in despair. He bought a small piece of land to bury his wife, knowing that one day soon, his body would be laid beside hers. By faith, he bought the plot, believing that his descendants would one day possess the whole land. However, as a sojourner in the land, he longed for that city “whose designer and builder is God” (Heb. 11:10).
 
Four years ago, I bought two grave plots for my wife and I next to the plot for my grandson, Conner, when he passed away. I bought plots that face East. I want to be facing in the right direction when the trump sounds and the dead in Christ rise to meet the Lord in the air.