God promised the land of Canaan to Abraham. When Sarah died, he could have buried her in the burial plot of the Hittites. He chose to pay for a separate burial ground.
He was a good example of being “in the world but not of it,” (see John 17:16; 1 John 2:15-17). He did not join the Hittites. He paid for the piece of ground and buried Sarah there. Abraham got a foothold in the land his descendants would occupy.
Genesis 23:17, “That’s how Ephron’s field next to Mamre – the field, its cave, and all the trees within its borders – became Abraham’s property.” The Message
Am I willing to pay a price to keep separate from the world? Have you?
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