Monday, October 16, 2023

Genesis Chapter 23


In this chapter Sarah passes away. Remember when you read the Old Testament that these are not just stories but these are the things that God wanted to tell us. Romans 15:4 says For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction. These stories in the Bible are also a word-picture of something else.

Genesis 22-24 helps us understand the New Testament, the gospel, the church, the work of the Holy Spirit and so much more.

Abraham represents God the Father. Isaac represents Jesus. Abraham understood that he was acting out prophecy. He took Isaac to Mt. Moriah to sacrifice him but God provided a ram. Another son was also sacrificed at Mt. Moriah 2000 years in the future, named Jesus.

Verses 1-2

Sarah died at the age of 127. At that time Isaac was 37 and Abraham was 137. Abraham mourned and weeps.

Verses 3-20

Abraham purchased some land from the Hittites so he could bury Sarah. He purchased a field and cave of Machpelah for 400 shekels. He buried Sarah in the cave.

We have studied the faith of Abraham and Sarah’s faith grew as well. She waited all those years for her son Isaac and she was willing to move hundreds of miles away from her own home and family when God sent Abraham to Canaan. 

In I Peter 3:6 Peter wrote that Christian women should consider themselves daughters of Sarah if they “do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.” 

She wasn’t perfect, but neither was Abraham and neither are we.

Christine Cane said it perfectly. She said to ask yourself, “Would I want to live with me if I didn’t have to live with me?” Are we the kind of person that creates an environment full of joy, full of peace, full of love?We have a chaotic & turbulent world full of pain and suffering so we can bring kindness into every situation. We have the capacity to produce the fruit of the spirit, love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, long suffering, patience, self control. The same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of us so we can be carriers of these things to the world around us and transform the environments that we are a part of because we are called to be agents of change and transformation. We should not become the environment we walk into but instead change those environments because we are the carriers of the light of God. We are not carriers of despair, not carriers of fear, not carriers of doubt, not carriers of negativity but carriers of HOPE!