Jan. 9. Concluding Events of Abraham’s Life

Gen. 23:1-25:11

Thirty-seven years after the birth of Isaac, Sarah died at the age of one hundred twenty-seven years in Hebron in the land of Canaan. Abraham purchased property containing a cave in the field of Machpelah at Hebron for a family burial place.

Our customs of dating and courtship are much different than during the time of Isaac. Through God’s providence, Abraham sent his top-ranking servant back to his home country of Mesopotamia and to his father’s house to select a wife for his son. From this selection process, Rebekah, a granddaughter of Abraham’s brother, Nahor became Isaac’s wife.

Concubines were a part of many family structures during this period of the earth’s history. A concubine or mistress was a woman of recognized social status below that of a wife in a household. Men, including Abraham fathered children by their concubines.

Abraham married Keturah and she bore him six other sons. Since Isaac was the son of promise, he received all of Abraham’s possessions except for some token gifts given to the sons of his concubines. Abraham sent those other sons away from Isaac before dying at one hundred seventy-five years.

In a rare occasion of cooperation, Isaac and Ishmael buried their father, Abraham in the cave of Machpelah with his wife, Sarah.