How to “Live Into” God’s Promises

Hebrews 6:13-15 (NKJV)

13   For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,

14   saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”

15   And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

Genesis 23:1-20 (NKJV)

1     Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.

2     So Sarah died in Kirjath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.

3    Then Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying, 

4    “I am a foreigner and a visitor among you. Give me property for a burial place among you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”

5    And the sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him, 

6    “Hear us, my lord: You are a mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our burial places. None of us will withhold from you his burial place, that you may bury your dead.”

7    Then Abraham stood up and bowed himself to the people of the land, the sons of Heth. 

8    And he spoke with them, saying, “If it is your wish that I bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and meet with Ephron the son of Zohar for me,

9     that he may give me the cave of Machpelah which he has, which is at the end of his field. Let him give it to me at the full price, as property for a burial place among you.”

10  Now Ephron dwelt among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the presence of the sons of Heth, all who entered at the gate of his city, saying, 

11  “No, my lord, hear me: I give you the field and the cave that is in it; I give it to you in the presence of the sons of my people. I give it to you. Bury your dead!”

12  Then Abraham bowed himself down before the people of the land; 

13  and he spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, “If you will give it, please hear me. I will give you money for the field; take it from me and I will bury my dead there.”

14  And Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him, 

15  “My lord, listen to me; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver. What is that between you and me? So bury your dead.” 

16  And Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham weighed out the silver for Ephron which he had named in the hearing of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, currency of the merchants.

17  So the field of Ephron which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field and the cave which was in it, and all the trees that were in the field, which were within all the surrounding borders, were deeded 

18  to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the sons of Heth, before all who went in at the gate of his city.

19  And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 

20  So the field and the cave that is in it were deeded to Abraham by the sons of Heth as property for a burial place.

Genesis 24:1 (NKJV) – Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.

Genesis 25: 1-8 (NKJV)

1     Abraham again took a wife, and her name was Keturah.

2     And she bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.

3     Jokshan begot Sheba and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim.

4     And the sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.

5     And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac.

6     But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had; and while he was still living he sent them eastward, away from Isaac his son, to the country of the east.

7     This is the sum of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived: one hundred and seventy-five years.

8     Then Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.

God repeated two promises to Abraham:

  • The promise of property        (repeated 7 times) Land
  • The promise of progeny        (repeated 4 times) Children

The Genesis 23 Project:    Sarah’s burial place addresses promise # 1

The Genesis 24 Project:    A wife for Isaac addresses promise # 2

The Genesis 25 Project:    Living the Promise

Our responsibilities as recipients of a Divine Promise:

  1. We are to create the conditions through which God’s promises can be fulfilled
  • We are to appreciate that large promises are realized through small beginnings

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