May 29 - Genesis 23:1-20

May 29 – Genesis 23:1-20

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Father, I pray that I can be a light to a dark world. I pray that people can see something different in me from those who don’t know You. I know there are too many times I act just like those of the world. Forgive me Father when I don’t represent You well. It’s amazing to think that even as old as Sarah was when Isaac was born she was able to see him grow to be a man of 37. You are such a gracious God to allow her that time to raise her son and see him grow to love You. I thank You for my own children who love You. Thank You that I have been able to see them grow to be adults, parents and grow spiritually to desire to honor You. I ask that You would help me impact the next generation as they will be adults before I know it. What I do today to represent You can impact generations to come. Help me be obedient to You and help guide without pushing. I know it comes naturally to me to just tell them the best way to do things, but help me be a guide and not just dictate what they should do. I have such amazing kids that are wise and I thank You for giving me such amazing kids and grandkids. You are so good to me. You give to me in ways I couldn’t begin to deserve in a million years. Help me see the many gifts You give and be grateful for how You care for me.
In Jesus’ name.

Why do you think the Bible mentions where was Sarah buried?
What did the Hittites suggest regarding Sarah’s burial land?
Why do you think they were willing to give this burial land to Abraham without any cost?
Why do you think it was important to Abraham to pay for this land?
Abraham’s actions toward these people made an impact on them. What do your actions say about you and the God you serve?

Genesis 23:1-20
Sarah lived 127 years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2 And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. 3 And Abraham rose up from before his dead and said to the Hittites, 4 “I am a sojourner and foreigner among you; give me property among you for a burying place, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.” 5 The Hittites answered Abraham, 6 “Hear us, my lord; you are a prince of God among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will withhold from you his tomb to hinder you from burying your dead.” 7 Abraham rose and bowed to the Hittites, the people of the land. 8 And he said to them, “If you are willing that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me and entreat for me Ephron the son of Zohar, 9 that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he owns; it is at the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me in your presence as property for a burying place.”
10 Now Ephron was sitting among the Hittites, and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the Hittites, of all who went in at the gate of his city, 11 “No, my lord, hear me: I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. In the sight of the sons of my people I give it to you. Bury your dead.” 12 Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land. 13 And he said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, “But if you will, hear me: I give the price of the field. Accept it from me, that I may bury my dead there.” 14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “My lord, listen to me: a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver, what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.” 16 Abraham listened to Ephron, and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.
17 So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre, the field with the cave that was in it and all the trees that were in the field, throughout its whole area, was made over 18 to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the Hittites, before all who went in at the gate of his city. 19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah east of Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 The field and the cave that is in it were made over to Abraham as property for a burying place by the Hittites.


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