Genesis Chapter 23:
(1) 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 Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
(3) And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying,
(4) 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.
(5) And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him,
(6) Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.
(7) And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.
(8) And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,
(9) That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you.
(10) And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying,
(11) Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead.
(12) And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.
(13) And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.
(14) And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,
(15) My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.
(16) And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.
(17) And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure
(18) Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city.
(19) And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan.
(20) And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by the sons of Heth.
Thought For This Chapter…
In Genesis 23:, we find Abraham being offered his choice of prime burial spots for his beloved Sarah. After choosing his desired burial place, the people of Heth offer to give it to Abraham at no cost. What a blessing for Abraham!
But please notice, instead of accepting this very gracious gift without giving anything in return, Abraham then shows his appreciation for the kind gift by making sure he pays the market value for the property. Think of the example he has set for the people there. In one action, he shows them his appreciation for him and his desire to not take advantage of them in any way.
But sadly, many times this is not the typical response to acts of kindness done towards us. Because of the human, fallen nature within us, it is an easy thing to take advantage of the goodness of others and not appreciate them as we should. When this happens, we can find ourselves taking all that is offered to us without offering anything in return. What a sad example we are setting! Stop and think about it… our Lord is using these wonderful people to deliver a blessing to us, and we simple take them for granted and lack appreciation for His blessings and how He is using these wonderful people.
For each one of us, it is a simple issue of following a few basic principles from God’s Word: Appreciating what the Lord has done for us, and in response, serve one another to help meet their needs…
Eph 5:20-21 KJV
(20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
(21) Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Also, treating others as we would have them to treat us….
(31) And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
May we all learn to appreciation others and their acts done on our behalf. May we recognize our Lord’s use of them in our lives to deliver a wonderful blessing to us, and an opportunity to show on our love and appreciation in return!