September 19th, 2019
A Place to Bury Sarah
Genesis 23:1-2 (KJB) And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2 And Sarah died in Kirjath-arba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
Abraham was deeply saddened at the passing of his dear wife Sarah and wept longingly for her. Not only that but in the entire rest of this chapter in Genesis he spends trying to bargain or buy a proper burial place for her. Suitable burial was so important for Abraham in treating the life and death of his wife Sarah with respect.
Given this record in the Bible, it should cause each of us to consider the end of our own lives and that of our family members. Abraham spent a great deal of time finding just the right burial spot for her, either by borrowing a resting place or in completing the purchase of one.
The matter of a proper resting place in death is one of great importance and is still rings true to this day. Physical death calls each of us to respect the body, or shell, and to honor God who created us, giving us the breath of life into our flesh. As His breath leaves our shell it should be properly cared for in physical death. Knowing this respect in death is biblically based begs each of us to consider the proper burial of ourselves and our family members, especially in light of updated options, with some being less costly, and readily available in this world today.
What does God desire in a burial place for our outer shell? I believe Abraham has given us some valuable insight into answering this question with respect for God and His role as Creator of every physical body.
Our body was specially formed by God. Every human body should be treated with respect in life and upon physical death. Abraham in Genesis chapter 23 gives us a great example of seeking to both honor God and our family members upon their death by seeking proper burial.