Genesis 23: Dealing with Death

*These notes come from Bob Deffinbaugh’s study on Genesis 23 at
  • End of Chapter 22 is a report of home and the birth of children, which would obviously make Abraham homesick and provide a reason for him to want to bury Sarah in Canaan
  • Sarah is the only woman in the Bible who’s age (127) is revealed, and remember she was still thought attractive enough in her old age to be taken into a Harem at 90
  • Emotion is a necessary part of death. Even Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus
  • When deciding where to bury Sarah, Abraham decided where to bury himself and his descendants
  • Abraham had to buy a part of the land that had been promised to him by God
  • Purchasing the cave was an expression of faith in God. He buried himself in the land of promise. Parallels Jeremiah’s purchase of the field of Anathoth because God promised to bring the people back there. He also became obligated to the king by purchasing property, showing us to be in the world but not a part of it.

Implications for Today

  • Grave is a symbol of hope to a true believer in God
    • the grave is the beginning
  • Where we invest our money shows where we plan to spend our future
  • Covenant of God should be the basis for our actions and decisions
  • Burial of a loved one is the opportunity for a Christian to publicly express his faith

*Link to study on the rest of the chapters in Genesis


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