Sarah's Death and Burial (v. 1-20)
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Sarah died and Abraham wanted to bury her in a place out of sight. He went to the Hittites and said he wanted to buy some land for a grave site, they wanted to give it to him for free. He insisted and bought a field with a cave for 400 pieces of silver.
That's it. If I'm really looking for something to comment on, I guess it is good that the Hittites were willing to give him the land for free, he was clearly grieving and would have probably been an easy mark, yet it would have been screwed up to take advantage of him that way. Also Abraham didn't want to take advantage of their kindness and paid them a fair price for their land.
Interesting comments from Guzik:
Sarah is the only woman in the bible whose age is recorded (127 years old).
Abraham came to mourn for Sarah: “That is, he set himself deliberately to all the functions of a mourner.” (Boice) Abraham wasn’t afraid to mourn, though he did not sorrow as those without hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13).This didn't even occur to me, but it is good to have strong male characters willing to show their emotions like this. Here's a weird one, in relation to Abraham saying he was a foreigner in their land
Abraham did not feel this way because he came from Ur of the Chaldeans. It was because he recognized his real home was heaven. Moses knew the same, and commanded Israel to know it (Leviticus 25:23). David also knew this truth (1 Chronicles 29:14 and Psalm 39:12).It seems strange to me to make this claim, he was a foreigner in this land, why wouldn't you assume the more obvious and clear meaning. If Abraham meant this less obvious interpretation of foreigner, you would think there would be some direct indication toward that.