THE DEATH OF ABRAHAM

Scripture Reading: Genesis 25:1-11

“Altogether, Abraham lived a hundred and seventy five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man full of years, and he was gathered to his people.” (Genesis 25:7,8)

God fulfilled His promise to Abraham — “As for Me, this is My covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you and kings will come from you” (Genesis 17:4-6).

Abraham was the father of the Jewish people through Isaac. Indeed, kings came from him including David and Solomon. Nations were founded from Ishmael’s descendants (25:16). Many of the Arab nations came from his line. Various Arab tribes also came from Abraham’s other children (vs. 1-4). Some of these names are associated with Syria and Arabia. Most of the Arab nations to the east of Canaan came from the descendants of Abraham.

Before Abraham died, he wanted to be sure that his house was in order. He acted responsibly to ensure that Isaac would receive the promised heritage. Abraham gave all he had to Isaac (v. 5). He also gave gifts to his other sons and then sent them away (v. 6). He did to them what he had done to Ismael earlier. His purpose in sending them away was to ensure that the other sons did not pose a threat to Isaac and to the promises. Abraham wanted to get these things done before he died.

It is really important to get our households in order before we die. I have seen too many families left with many difficulties because their loved ones died and had not gotten their households in order.

Abraham died when he was a hundred and seventy five years old. He lived a long and rich life. He had finished his course and God graciously took him home to glory. We are told that “he was gathered to his people.” Abraham was not buried with his ancestors. He was buried with Sarah at the cave of Machpelah. In the fullest sense, his people were the godly people traced in Genesis from Adam to Seth to Enoch to Noah and then to Abraham. He was gathered with the people of faith from the beginning.

Abraham finally came to “the city whose architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). He never possessed earthly Canaan. The only piece of land he owned was the family burial plot that he bought from the sons of Heth near Hebron. But God took him to the true Canaan, to the city that God had prepared for him.

Lord Jesus, You have prepared a place for me when I die. Like Abraham I look forward to being in the city whose architect and builder is You. I pray that I will have my house in order before I die. I pray that I will live out my last days in deep fellowship with You and that I will be faithful to You until I finish my course.

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One thought on “THE DEATH OF ABRAHAM

  1. Ronald Driscoll says:

    Rev Sanford thank you for your lessons on Abraham they have helped me in my study of God’s word and it has helped me too help others blessing to you and family brother Ron

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