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Essay #20: Sarah’s Tomb

“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 23:4

Sarah has died.  Abraham wants to be respectful of his wife and bury her, but he has a problem.  He is a stranger in the land; he does not have a place to bury her.

The importance of this account of Abraham’s life is highly important to those who desire to study economics.  The three critical aspects of Bible economics are presented here: property, ingenuity and action.

God has promised the land of Canaan to Abram’s descendants.  Genesis 12:5&6 Abram goes “forth into the land of Canann, and into the land of Canaan they came. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh.  And the Canaanite was then in the land.

God then promises this land to Abram in Genesis 12:7, “Unto thy seed will I give this land”.  This promised is affirmed in Genesis 15:7, “to give thee this land to inherit it” and Genesis 17:8, “all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession”.

“And Sarah died in Kirjathara; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her”.  God has promised the land to Abraham’s descendants; “unto thy seed” in Genesis 12:7.  The context of Genesis 15:7 is Abram’s seed.  Genesis 17:8 is both Abram and his seed.  Abraham has a very strong claim to the land in which he was dwelling.

But notice, he does not exercise that inheritance,  rather he addresses the inhabitants of Kirjathabara.  Genesis 23:4, “I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead out of sight.”  Abraham wants to buy a piece of property to bury Sarah.

 

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