Do possessions of this world have you; or are you encompassed by things of God as you sojourn upon this earth?
And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying, I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight. (Genesis 23:3-4 KJV)
To sojourn in a place means to exist in a temporary status or time not residing or dwelling on a permanent basis. We should be dwelling in the good works of the church and sojourning in this world. Mankind tends to plant roots in our line of work, with our relatives, our close friends, favorite hangouts, and in our habits when we should only be spending temporary time in things of this world and taking up residence or dwelling in the things of God.
Abraham is declaring in this scripture verse that he is a stranger and sojourner upon this earth. He was looking for a place to bury the dead body of his precious wife. Abraham was inquiring of men who he was familiar as he sojourned and they dwelled upon the earth. Abraham himself had few or no possessions including a place to bury his dead and was requesting to purchase a burial place from a person who did own land.
This scripture gives us insight on a few things: Abraham did not own possessions or allow things to own him. He had lived on this land for many years and lived a stranger and sojourner even in territory which was quite familiar to him for so long. Secondly, Abraham loved his wife and understood her body was but a shell or tent that held her soul and spirit were now in the care of God in a place called paradise and what was left was now an empty shell. Her death called for a simple but proper burial out of respect and love for her and for God who had formed her.