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Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Canaan.
The Lord had promised Abraham the land of Canaan (Gen. 12:7). Yet, when Abraham got there, other people were obviously there as well. Instead of an immediate war, Abraham worked and lived among the people and built a huge organization and wealth. Eventually, his wife Sarah died. He went to the Hittites and asked for a burial site he could buy to bury his wife in. They said, “You are a mighty prince among us. We will give you one.” But Abraham insisted that he must pay full price for their offering. He did pay, they accepted the payment, and it became a landmark in Canaan.
The Hittites were a historical, and at one point mighty, group of people. But there is an argument amongst scholars as to who these Hittites were. What is clear is that Abraham paid them for the land God had promised to give his offspring. The anointing on Abraham’s life had something to do with the kind of man he was. He was loving, generous, wise, and he had the gifts of administration and entrepreneurship. Yet he never took anything that didn’t belong to him. In this case, he paid a high price to the Hittites for land so he could bury his beloved wife. Ownership is the gift that keeps on taking! That’s right. You heard me. Never forget and never complain because “What’s Yours Will Still Cost You!”
Thank You for the many blessings You have given me in my life. The few things I own cost me greatly each day, yet I understand the cost of ownership. If I don’t pay to keep what You’ve blessed me with in good condition, the value of Your blessing decreases. Amen