THUR. JUNE 30 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | GENESIS 23 – NICK FURLONI HOST

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Genesis 23

The Death of Sarah

Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.

Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites.[a]He said, “I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.”

The Hittites replied to Abraham, “Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty princeamong us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead.”

Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites. He said to them, “If you are willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me and intercede with Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf so he will sell me the cave of Machpelah, which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for the full price as a burial site among you.”

10 Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of his city. 11 “No, my lord,” he said. “Listen to me; I give[b] you the field, and I give[c] you the cave that is in it. I give[d] it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.”

12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land 13 and he said to Ephron in their hearing, “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.”

14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels[e] of silver, but what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”

16 Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver,according to the weight current among the merchants.

17 So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded 18 to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city. 19 Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.

 

Devotional

 

Genesis 23
We see the earthly, physical death of Sarah. She was the only woman in the Bible whose name was changed by God.
Sarai means: My Princess.
Sarah means: Mother of All.
A unique woman of faith and trusted to be the mother of all nations, the wife of Abraham- the father of nations. She was blessed by God and promised that she would bring forth a son Isaac to start the royal line to King David from which the Savior would come.  We are told that she was 127 years old when she died, the only woman in the Bible whose age is recorded… Yes she is that important. Sarah was esteemed, valued and honored not only by Abraham but by the people around her. She is someone to pay attention to Nick told us this morning. She was truly an example of a godly woman.
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her Lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:3-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Abraham deals with his wife’s death by trying to find a resting place for her earthly body. In verse 4 he says he is “a stranger and foreigner in this land” meaning he knows that our time here on earth is not our permanent home. We are just visitors here until we get to heaven.
Grief is a very personal and hard thing to go through especially when you lose your spouse. We celebrate the life of loved ones as we lose them and pray they go on to a better place. Those of us who know that our loved ones are saved rejoice in knowing they are finally home but mourn they are not here in their earthly body with us. Yes they are big part of our life and we miss them horribly especially in that moment of passing. It’s inevitable, we are all going to die but do we all have a ticket to heaven? That golden ticket. Funny thing is we can’t buy it. It’s already been bought and paid for! A Free ticket to Paradise. 🙌
So where can you go pick up this ticket? Jesus is holding them all in his hand, He is the one that bought and paid for all these tickets to heaven. Once you start that relationship with him then he’ll give you that free ticket. There’s no cancellations… you’re not going to get bumped off that flight… it’s a first class ticket to heaven. We just have to Believe in our heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, ask for forgiveness of our sins and live in faith like Abraham and Sarah trusting and allowing Jesus to guide our daily walk. That walk in faith that Abraham and Sarah showed us. That’s it, it’s not complicated.
“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was only one man, and I blessed him and made him many.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭51:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Faith.
So my question to you today is:
Do you have a ticket to heaven?
If not you better go find Jesus so you can get one.  😉
🙌 🙏🏻 ❤️
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