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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

2018.05.23 Hopewell @Home ▫ Genesis 22:20-23:20

Questions for Littles: Whose family is described in vv20-24? Whose age at death is given in v1 (the only woman in the Bible whose age at death is recorded)? What is Abraham looking for, for the first time since they came to Canaan? How much does he end up paying for it? What does He do with the field and the cave?
In the passage for this week’s Old Testament reading, we see Abraham valuing the resurrection.

He’s not just looking forward to getting a new, improved body. If that were so, it would have been enough to bury his wife in someone else’s field.

But Abraham’s hope of the resurrection was tied to the covenant promises of God. And those promises said that God would be giving him that land as a possession.

In the end, Abraham ends up paying a king’s ransom—more than ten times what Judas takes for betraying Christ. But the silver is not important. He is trusting God to be his shield, and his very great reward.
What do your end-of-life plans say about your hope in God’s promises?
Suggested songs: ARP157 “Immortality and Resurrection” or HB425 “For All the Saints”

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