Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Genesis 23 - Sarah's Burial

LINK: Genesis 23


BACKGROUND


Sarah died in Hebron in the land of Canaan, was buried at the cave of Machpelah, and Abraham paid 400 shekels of silver. The field and cave were deeded over to Abraham.


Traditionally, the tombs of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Leah are believed to be located below the Mosque of Abraham which is a Muslim shrine in Hebron.


There has been much Arab/Israeli conflict in Hebron, both consider Abraham as their father, and each feels strongly that the land is theirs and not the others.


Four hundred shekels was considered an exorbitant price for this piece of land.


REFLECTION


It is interesting to note that Abraham buried Sarah in Canaan even though they were "strangers and aliens" in Canaan. Usually people buried their dead in their homeland. He was saying that Canaan was his new home and was putting down an exorbitant price to buy the land to make a statement about what he believed about God's covenant promise. He set down roots of faith in the Promised Land.

APPLICATION


Heaven is my ultimate promised land and home. What heavenly, eternal investments am I making? Am I investing in things that have lasting value for heaven and eternity?


Also, a possible application is to pray for the "peace of Jerusalem" and the Promised land. It is a place of so much sadness and conflict. Let's pray for God's righteousness to reign there!


Another possibility might be to go to a place in your city that is currently run by people who do not love God, and it is not giving Him glory. Go claim that ground for God in prayer!  Pay an exorbitant price in prayer to gain it for God. Did you know that the commune where the Rajneeshee ("Orange People") lived in Oregon is now a youth camp where kids can come and hear about salvation in Jesus Christ? People claimed that ground for God.  You can too!


I want to go pray at the Adult Shop on our main drag right now, but I am afraid people might think I am going there! 

Here is a tool that helps you give focus prayer for your city (developed by one of the people who mentored me in prayer). I like to use the app version so I can carry it with me as I prayer walk around my city: 

http://waymakers.org/pray/seek-god/

PRAYER


Thank You that You are our home. That we are no longer aliens and strangers, but we are fellow citizens with the saints and are of Your household, having been built on a foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone (Ephesians 2:19,20). Help us to live as good citizens of Your kingdom as we walk here on this earth. Amen
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