BSF Genesis: Week 18, Day 5

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

11.
a.
offer bodies as living sacrifice – what do we love more: self and safety or God? By obedience to sacrifice we are open to transformation and renewal
b.
For some missionaries it is literal, for others it is sacrifice of mortal rights/pleasures to honor and respect God and bro’s

c.
I need to improve in my “Here I am” response instead of, “Hold on just a minute and let me finish this first…”

12.
a.
To bury his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (Hebron)  to bury his dead

b.
Like a family burial plot today, want it where loved ones can return to honor the memory of the dead and to be laid to rest by their side

c.
I hope they show the desire to serve Him and teach others about Him. Still opportunities to improve.

My Daily Journal:

I have been critical of Abraham’s past deeds as a husband, his treatment of Hagar, his willingness to put Sarah in harms way because of his own fear.  But here we see another side, possibly a growth and maturing.  For it is in the death of Sarah that we see some new firsts.

This is the first mention of a burial in the bible.  It is also the first commercial transaction recorded in the scriptures.  How fitting that those two go together to honor the death of the mother of the promised children of the Lord.

This plot of land comes up time and again.  It is the burial place of the patriarchs and matriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah.  It is the place that the 10 spies investigated when they first stepped foot into the promised land again after the exodus from Egypt (Num 11).  It was given as a Levitical city and a city of refuge after being regained by Joshua.  It is here that David was annointed King (2 Sam 5).

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