In this chapter Abraham deals with the death of his beloved wife, Sarah.
Some things about death have not changed since the days of Abraham.
DEATH IS A TIME OF SORROW - Vss. 1-2
DEATH IS A TIME OF SUPPORT - Vss. 3-6
Dealing with the death of a loved is easier when there are those there to support you.
In Abraham's case, the Sons of Heath were supportive, offering to him a place of burial of his choice.
Praise God for those Christians who "…weep with them that weep." (Romans 12:15)
DEATH IS A TIME OF SPENDING - Vss. 7-16
Abraham purchased a field with a cave in order to bury Sarah. We can't escape expenses when someone dies. However, I personally feel that we can spend too much. Although a casket is necessary, I don't think it needs to be the most expensive. After all, the body is only a shell that God will raise again.
DEATH IS A TIME OF SEPARATION - Vss. 8, 17-20
A dead person is placed out of sight. - Vs. 8
The dead person is gone.
The dead person is separated from the land of the living and his loved ones and friends.
For the Christian however, this separation is temporary. 2 Corinthians 5:8-9, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18