The Promised Land

Michael Wilcock

READ : Genesis 25:7-10

The field that Abraham purchased . . . (v. 10)

Abraham, says Hebrews 11:9, “stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents.” Curious translation; “for a time” makes it sound like a month or two, when it was actually the best part of a hundred years! In fact he is doubtless still there today, in one of the ancient tombs in Hebron. The cave of Machpelah, where first Sarah and then he and the rest of the family were buried, was the only part of the Promised Land that Abraham ever actually owned.

>Were all his hopes “shrunk to this little measure,” as Mark Antony said over the body of Julius Caesar?

So far from shrinking to the size of a grave, the land Abraham had been promised was to be something infinitely greater than the territory of Canaan, greater even than the empire David would base there. As Hebrews tells us (11:13-16), these Old Testament saints recognized that they were “strangers and foreigners on the earth . . . seeking a homeland . . . a better country, that is, a heavenly one.”

The day will come when the whole earth will be filled with the glory of God; when, indeed, all creation will be remade as the everlasting inheritance of all who are by faith the children of Abraham.

PRAYER

We praise you for the promise of the world to come.