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Week 5 Day 2 Genesis 23 Matthew 22

12 February, 2015

Genesis 23
SARAH LIVED 127 years; this was the length of the life of Sarah.

I am a stranger and a sojourner with you; give me property for a burial place among you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.

Listen to us, my lord; you are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in any tomb or grave of ours that you choose; none of us will withhold from you his tomb or hinder you from burying your dead.

That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he owns–it is at the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me here in your presence as a burial place to which I may hold fast among you.

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

So Abraham listened to what Ephron said and acted upon it. He weighed to Ephron the silver which he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: 400 shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.

After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah to the east of Mamre, that is, Hebron, in the land of Canaan. (‭Genesis‬ ‭23‬:‭1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 16, 19‬ AMP)

Such a beautiful story of Abraham finding a resting place for Sarah

Matthew 22
I can’t imagine doing this. A celebration and friends invited don’t just ignore the invitation, they “refuse” the invitation. The kingdom of heaven is like a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son And sent his servants to summon those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they refused to come. (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭2-3‬ AMP)

And with another prompt; But they were not concerned and paid no attention [they ignored and made light of the summons, treating it with contempt] and they went away–one to his farm, another to his business, (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭5‬ AMP)

I don’t fully understand this bit; And he said, Friend, how did you come in here without putting on the [appropriate] wedding garment? And he was speechless (muzzled, gagged). Then the king said to the attendants, Tie him hand and foot, and throw him into the darkness outside; there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. For many are called (invited and summoned), but few are chosen. (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭12-14‬ AMP) If they were invited why were their clothes wrong and what does this really mean? Is Jesus calling the religious leaders, those “invited” but not meeting the mark, unchosen?

Then there is a change of topic.

For in the resurrected state neither do [men] marry nor are [women] given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven. (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭30‬ AMP) This will make for an interesting time.

And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day did anyone venture or dare to question Him. (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭46‬ AMP) So many challenges and images, money, Lord, and loving God. Being confronted for what you believe can make for an uncomfortable place.

Selah

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