Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Abraham Passes Away

Genesis 25:1-18 NIV

The Death of Abraham

1Abraham tooka another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. 3Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Asshurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. 4The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.

5Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. 6But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.

7Altogether, Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. 8Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. 9His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, 10the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites.b There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.

Ishmael’s Sons

12This is the account of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s maidservant, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.

13These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. 16These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps. 17Altogether, Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people. 18His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the border of Egypt, as you go toward Asshur. And they lived in hostility towardc all their brothers.

Abraham lived, after the marriage of Isaac, thirty-five years (Isaac was born when Abraham was 100 years old and he got married at 40 when his father was 140 years old. Abraham died at 175), and all that is recorded concerning him during the time lies here in a very few verses.

We hear no more of God’s extraordinary appearances to him or trials of him; for all the days, even of the best and greatest saints, are not eminent days, and neither come nor go with observation; such were these last days of Abraham.

We have here, an account of his children by Keturah, another wife whom he married probably after the death of Sarah. He had buried Sarah and married Isaac, the two dear companions of his life left him, and was now solitary. It was not good for him to be thus alone. He therefore marries Keturah, probably the chief of his maid-servants, born in his house or bought with money.

His burial - Here is nothing recorded of ceremony of his funeral; only we are told,

1. Who buried him: His sons Isaac and Ishmael. It was the last duty of respect they had to pay to their good father. Some distance there had formerly been between Isaac and Ishmael; but it seems either that Abraham had himself brought them together while he lived, or at least that his death reconciled them.

2. Where they buried him: in his own burying-place, which he had purchased, and in which he had buried Sarah. Those that in life have been very dear to each other may desire to be buried together, that in their deaths they may not be divided, and in token of their hopes of rising together at resurrection.

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