The Death of a Patriarch

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Be fully obedient and sacrificial for God and the glory of His kingdom so those who come behind you will reap a wonderful inheritance of examples of faithful living.

Scripture: Genesis 25:1-4, 1 Chronicles 1:32-33, Genesis 25:5-6, Genesis 25:12-18, 1 Chronicles 1:28-31, 1 Chronicles 1:34, Genesis 25:19-26, Genesis 25:7-11

Life goes on for Abraham after the death of his beloved Sarah. He remarries and has another family. Before he dies, he leaves all he owns to Isaac. He does give gifts to the sons of his new wife, but Isaac is basically the sole heir to Abraham’s fortune.

His first son, Ishmael, has 12 sons who founded 12 tribes (different than the 12 tribes Isaac’s sons founded). This is another example of God’s promises coming to pass. He promised Hagar and Abraham that Ishmael would be the father of nations and have many descendants. I found this commentary from Matthew Henry interesting.

The posterity of Ishmael had not only tents in the fields, wherein they grew rich in times of peace; but they had towns and castles (v. 16), wherein they fortified themselves in time of war. Now the number and strength of this family were the fruit of the promise made to Hagar concerning Ishmael (ch. 16:10), and to Abraham, ch. 17:20 and 21:13. Note, many that are strangers to the covenants of promise are yet blessed with outward prosperity for the sake of their godly ancestors.

Abraham lived a life pleasing to God. He obeyed, worshiped, and served Him. The inheritance for his descendants, including you and I, is that of eternal life. Though I can’t give my descendants eternal life, I live a life of faith before them like Abraham so they can witness the blessings God gives to those who are faithful.

In Genesis 15:15, God tells Abraham he will live to be a ripe old age. What a blessing to live out one of God's promises for your life. Abraham was blessed to experience this portion of God’s covenant with him.

All of God’s promises may not come to fulfillment in our lifetime. This isn’t an excuse to not live to the fullest for God. The future of our descendants, as well as the kingdom of God, will be affected by how we live.

Let’s challenge ourselves to be fully obedient and sacrificial for God and the glory of His kingdom so those who come behind us will reap a wonderful inheritance of examples of faithful living.

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