Genesis 23: The Burial of Sarah

June 23, 2023 ·

Summary:
Sarah dies, and the Hittites let Abraham bury her. Ephron the Hittite sells him a field with a cave at Machpelah near Hebron to bury his wife. Ephron doesn’t want Abraham to pay, but he does anyway. 

Key verse: 

20. The field and the cave that is in it were made over to Abraham as property for a burying place by the Hittites.

My thoughts:
Abraham wanted true ownership of this land, so he insisted on paying. This seemingly insignificant piece of land becomes very important as it is the only piece of the promised land that the Hebrews owned until they returned from Egypt hundreds of years later. This is even more significant when we realize that one of God’s promises to Abraham was to give his descendants land in Canaan.

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