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Death and Burial of Sarah

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Abraham was a foreigner and was looking for a place to bury his wife. Strangers offered to help him because he as “a mighty prince,” and they respected him. Although Abraham had not established roots in the area, his reputation was above reproach. Those who invest their time and money in serving God often earn a pleasant return on their investment- a good reputation and respect for others.

The verses that have touched our hearts while reading the chapter are as follows:
“Hear us, my lord; you are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our burial places; none of us will withhold from you any burial ground for burying your dead.”

After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. The field and the cave that is in it passed from the Hittites into Abraham’s possession as a burying place.

Let’s Pray: Lord, we pray to be able to hear you. Everything in this world that we put our faith in has the potential to fail. God does not. He is consistently reliable, even if we do not agree with his decisions. He always leads us in the right direction if we give in to his will. Lord, help us be your s and yours always. Amen

Chapter 23: Death and Burial of Sarah

1 Sarah lived one hundred twenty-seven years; this was the length of Sarah’s life.
2 And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.
3 Abraham rose up from beside his dead, and said to the Hittites,
4 “I am a stranger and an alien residing among you; give me property among you for a burying place, so that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”
5 The Hittites answered Abraham,
6 “Hear us, my lord; you are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our burial places; none of us will withhold from you any burial ground for burying your dead.”
7 Abraham rose and bowed to the Hittites, the people of the land.
8 He said to them, “If you are willing that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me Ephron son of Zohar,
9 so that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he owns; it is at the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me in your presence as a possession for a burying place.”
10 Now Ephron was sitting among the Hittites; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the Hittites, of who went in at the gate of his city,
11 “No, my lord, hear me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it; in the presence of my people I give it to you; bury your dead.”
12 Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land.
13 He said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, “If you only will listen to me! I will the price of the field; accept it from me, so that I may bury my dead there.”
14 Ephron answered Abraham,
15 “My lord, listen to me; a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver — what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”
16 Abraham agreed with Ephron; and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.
17 So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre, the field with the cave that was in it and all the trees that were in the field, throughout its whole area, passed
18 to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the Hittites, in the presence of all who went in at the gate of his city.
19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.
20 The field and the cave that is in it passed from the Hittites into Abraham’s possession as a burying place.

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Abram Inherits Canaan

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Facing a potential conflict with his nephew Lot, Abram took the initiative in settling the dispute. He gave Lot first choice, even though Abram being older, had the right to choose first.

Abram’s example shows us how to respond to difficult family situations:
i) take the initiative in resolving conflicts
ii) let others have first choice, even when it means not getting what you want
ii) put family peace above personal desires.

Arguments, rivalries and disagreements among us can be destructive. They damage goodwill, trust and peace. They make us self centered rather than love centered.

Life is a series of choices. We too can choose the best by ignoring the needs and feelings of others. But this kind of choice, as Lot’s life shows, leads to problems. When we stop making choices in God’s direction, all that is left is to make choices in the wrong direction.

The verse that has touched our hearts while reading the chapter is as follows:

Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herders and my herders; for we are kindred.

The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Raise your eyes now, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward;

Let’s Pray: My father, as You are all knowing, you know that every day we make a lot of choice and some lead us to you and others drift us away from You. At times we fail to recognize the wicked and let temptations destroy our families. Lord, help us to be careful and ever work for the peace, love and keeping You in our families.Amen

Chapter 13: Abram Inherits Canaan

1 So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb.
2 Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
3 He journeyed on by stages from the Negeb as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,
4 to the place where he had made an altar at the first; and there Abram called on the name of the LORD. 5 Now Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,
6 so that the land could not support both of them living together; for their possessions were so great that they could not live together,
7 and there was strife between the herders of Abram’s livestock and the herders of Lot’s livestock. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites lived in the land.
8 Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herders and my herders; for we are kindred.
9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.”
10 Lot looked about him, and saw that the plain of the Jordan was well watered everywhere like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar; this was before the LORD had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.
11 So Lot chose for himself all the plain of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward; thus they separated from each other.
12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the Plain and moved his as far as Sodom.
13 Now the people of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the LORD.
14 The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Raise your eyes now, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward;
15 for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever.
16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth; so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted.
17 Rise up, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.”
18 So Abram moved his tent, and came and settled by the oaks of Mamre, which are at Hebron; and there he built an altar to the LORD.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2015 in My Christianship

 

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The Garden Of Eden

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“Trust in God and He will give you new and comfortable shoes,
You will then walk a million miles without feeling the blues.”

This chapter is quite fascinating as we come to know the relationship between man and God. How freely everything was bestowed upon man. The Garden of Eden has the most beautiful description. We as humans cannot even imagine how it would have been to be there and to top it up a one on one relationship with God. It surely was a place to be in. Unlike today’s world where “there are no free lunches,” God made everything with perfection and gave it for free and without an ulterior motive.

Ever wonder what has changed in all these year, certainly not God’s love. It’s us, it has always been us. We fall short of giving back the love we have so freely received. We lack time to marvel and appreciate the beautiful things and people that are in our
live. There were times that Adam and Eve accepted themselves as they were created, they were not ashamed of anything including being naked in front of God. But today, we wear masks, layers of clothing and hide our real selves not just from others but form ourselves.

The verses that have touched our hearts while reading the chapter are as follows:
“And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.”

” Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a
living being.”

“And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.”

Let’s Pray: Lord, help us to return to the Garden of Eden, to You. We have been away from you too long and these false masks that we
adorn to hide ourselves help us to get rid of them. We pray for especially those souls who have begun this journey with us to learn and
be led by Your Spirit. Amen

Chapter 2: The Garden of Eden

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude.
2 And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.
3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.
4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
Creation in the garden
In the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
5 when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up — for the LORD God had not caused it to
rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground;
6 but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground —
7 then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a
living being.
8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 Out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the
midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches.
11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12 and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.
13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush.
14 The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;
17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.”
19 So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see
what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.
20 The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found
a helper as his partner.
21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with
flesh.
22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.”
24 Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2015 in My Christianship

 

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