Background to Gen 23

Gen 23 talks about the death of Sarah and Abraham buying a piece of land from Ephron to bury Sarah in. In fact, this piece of land would later on be the burial place for Abraham, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Leah.

1. Why did Abraham reject taking the burial place from the sons of Heth?
Answers and Thoughts

  1. Although Abraham is indeed a mighty prince among the people, and he refuse to take advantage of the people around hm. Although he is well aware that God has given the land of Canaan as an inheritance (Gen 13:14-18). But Abraham is aware that God has his own timing to fulfill that promise. The Author of Hebrews said that Abraham longed more for the heavenly city more than the physical one (Heb 11:9-10)