Gen 23:2                    A Burial Place for Sarah                             12/12/2010      ßą   





#1.       I Want to Buy a Cave (Gen 23:3-6, Rom 4:16, 4:11-12, Gal 3:29)








#2.       The Full Payment (Gen 23:14-16)








#3.       We died with Christ (Rom 7:1-6)





Š      Therefore We Do Not Remain Dead (Gal 3:29, 1Cor 15:51-58, Rev 20:14, Rom 4:8, Matt 22:30, 1John 3:2)




Please open your Bibles to the Acts of the Apostles, Act 7:15 (2X). In Acts chapter 7 the deacon Stephen gave his last sermon before he was stoned to death. And God gave him these words to speak. We read  in Acts 7:15-16,

Acts 7:15  So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers, (referring to the 12 sons of Jacob)

Acts 7:16  And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.

Now, why did God put this in the Bible? When we read the account in Gen 33, it was not Abraham but it was Jacob, who bought this field from the sons of Hamor. And Jacob was not buried in this field, but he was buried in a cave that Abraham bought from the sons of Heth, 45 miles south of Shechem. Was Stephen confused? No, that is not how we must read the Bible. God wrote the Bible, and God was not confused. But God is teaching us here a new principle:  God may assign a name to someone if this person is representing another person whom God has in view. For example, the Lord Jesus Christ is sometimes called David in the Bible. And here in Acts 7, Jacob is called Abraham, because Jacob had the same characteristics as Abraham. In addition, God wants us to learn the history of the purchase of this land in Gen 23. Please turn in your Bibles to Gen 23 (2X). There were seven land purchases in the Bible, which all have to do with God's plan of salvation. Here is the first one: It begins with:

Gen 23:1-2 And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah. And Sarah died in Kirjatharba (which is a Canaanite name); the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.

Abraham and Sarah had lived now in the land of Canaan 62 years, and Isaac is now 37 years old. Why did God mention Sarah' death age? Did you know that Sarah is the only woman in the Bible whose death age is mentioned? Why is Sarah so important? Sarah is important because God speaks about Sarah in Isa 54, in the entire chapter, and God indicates in Isa 54 that Sarah is a representation of all the saints. Moreover, in Gal 4:26 God calls Sarah "Jerusalem which is above". Gal 4:26, “But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.”

In Gal 4:26 God says that Sarah is not only a representation of the Covenant of Grace, but Sarah also represents "The Heavenly Jerusalem", and then God adds the illustrious title: "the mother of us all", which does not mean the mother of all mankind, but the mother representing all the saints in Christ.

Gen 23 begins with "Sarah died". This was the historical reason why Abraham approached the sons of Heth with the question of buying a burial place. Who are the sons of Heth? Heth was the second son of Canaan, the grandson of Noah (Gen 10:15). Heth was the progenitor of the nation of the Hittites. Paraphrased Abraham said:

#1.       I Want to Buy a Cave (Gen 23:3-6, Rom 4:16, 4:11-12, Gal 3:29)

What led Abraham to make this first purchase of property in the land of Canaan? It was God who prompted him to do this. Why did God prompt Abraham at this point in time to purchase this particular plot of land from the Hittites? Because God is showing US that He has a divine plan for His people, and God is developing that now. This was the only piece of land that Abraham ever owned in the land of Canaan. We read in Gen 23:3-4,

Gen 23:3-4 And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying: "I am a stranger

and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight".       (Did you notice that Abraham said: "that I may bury my dead out of my sight"? That does not sound very nice to Sarah. But remember: God crafted these words. God has a purpose for these words.)

Abraham also said: "I am a stranger and a sojourner with you". God says in Rom 4:16:  if we are in Christ, then we have the faith of Abraham who is called "the father of us all". Therefore, like Abraham we also are called strangers and sojourners in this world. Let us now continue with Gen 23:5-6,

Gen 23:5-6  And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him, Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.

Can you see that these Hittites were very generous? They said: “Use one of our sepulchres. Bury your wife among us. Consider yourself among friends Abraham”. They did not realize that Abraham was a friend of God, whereas these Canaanites did not know that they were under the wrath of God. How can I know that so surely? I know that because the Bible records that we all came into the world as sinners under the wrath of God, including Abraham. In fact, the Bible records that before God called Abraham, Abraham and his family were worshippers of idols. But Abraham found grace in the eyes of God, like Noah found grace in the eyes of God, and God called Abraham out from his father's house, to the land of Canaan. Now Abraham could not accept the offer of the sons of Heth, because God calls us to be separate. We live in the world, but are not of it. But on the last day the majority of the people of the world will have to give account to God of their sins; then they will be pronounced guilty and they will be cast into Hell.         Return now to Gen 23:6. Why did they call Abraham "A Mighty Prince"? They did not realize how much of a truth they were saying, because in Rom 4:11-12 and in Gal 3:29 Abraham is called "the father of all believers". But Who is really our Father? It is God. Abraham is a type and figure of our heavenly Father. This is how the Lord Jesus used the figure of Abraham in His parables. God gave Abraham the title of "the father of all believers", and God gave Sarah the title of "the mother of all believers". God did that!

Gen 23:7-9  And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, (even) to the children of Heth. And he communed with them, saying: If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar, That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a burying place amongst you.

Paraphrased Abraham said politely: I am not satisfied with just any burial place. I want to buy this particular field: the field of Ephron the Hittite, containing the cave of Machpelah. Please plead for me with Ephron the Hittite that he will sell it to me. You tell me what it is worth. I will pay for it. God is prompting Abraham to act out the role of God in Election. Abraham is very choosy, like God is choosy. Consider this: from the entire population West of the Jordan there were only three children of God: Abraham, Isaac and Sarah. But now Sarah was dead, and thus there were only two saved people left. This is how God arranged it in His divine providence. God was not obligated to save the Canaanites, or to save the slaves of Abraham. God chooses whom He will save. We do not choose. We were dead in trespasses and sins. So God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy.

This is exactly how God's actions are revealed in the Bible: God saves a remnant, chosen by grace, and God passed by others. God is not to be criticized for this. It is God's sovereign right to do with His creation however He pleases. God says in Eph 1:4 that He has chosen us before the foundation of the world in order that we should be holy and without blame before Him, through our redemption by Jesus Christ on the Cross. He chose US even though we were dead in sins. But did you notice, this is the second time we read: "that I should bury my dead out of my sight"? Both in verse 4 and in verse 8 God said that, and we must believe that God chose His words very carefully. God is recording these words, through the pen of Moses, as if Abraham is speaking in the place of God. Does God want to bury His dead out of His sight? That is absolutely true! First of all, there are those who are in Christ and who died with Christ. They have to be put out of His sight, and so they were buried with Christ until they have been raised again with Christ. Secondly, there are those who die unsaved, and who will stand before the Judgment throne of Christ on the Last Day. They are called the spiritually dead, and later God will put them out of His sight in a place called Hell. But now, God is motivating Abraham to buy this particular tomb for Sarah, who is called the mother of all believers. And Abraham is going to pay a very high price for this piece of land.

Ephron wanted to give Abraham the field at no cost. But Abraham said:

Gen 23:10-13  And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying, Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead. And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land. And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.           

We must ask: What has this story to do with the Gospel? Ephron the Hittite insists on giving away his field. How many would turn down an offer like that. But Abraham said: No! I don't want a free burial place. I want to pay for it, and I want to possess it permanently. So God prompted Abraham to pay the full price for it, so that it became a sure possession for Abraham and all his seed. This is a big deal to God that it was made sure. If we jump ahead to verse 17 and verse 20 we read that this property was made sure unto Abraham for a possession. But did this piece of real estate indeed continue to be in the possession of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and his descendants? Would it never fall into the hands of the Gentiles again? Actually, for most of the years between Abraham's purchase of this field and today, the nation of Israel did not possess this field containing the Cave of Machpelah. Presently there is a Moslem Mosque built over the place where the cave of Machpelah is. The Moslem religion now owns this place. This also is one of the reasons why we must seek for the spiritual meaning of the story in Gen 23. But God alerted us in Acts 7:15-16 in which direction we need to be looking. Abraham made this transaction with the Gentiles, and Abraham insisted on paying the full payment for the field. But Abraham was only acting out a picture that God is showing to us of His plans for the people of God. The signs and pictures that we find in the O.T. are only shadows of the real substance that we find in the N.T. And here in Gen 23 God is giving us a foretaste of His dealings with us, the people of God. This purchase Abraham made was a shadow of the purchase that the Lord Jesus Christ made on the Cross. The picture is that God would provide us the inheritance of the whole world (a Synecdoche.) Abraham was buying that tomb, for which he had to pay the full price, and Abraham bought it for Sarah, who was dead. This was a picture of Christ who had to pay the full price for all our sins, and this payment made it sure that we would inherit the world (Synecdoche) and Christ did that for us, who were dead.

#2.       So now, let us look at: The Full Payment (Gen 23:14-16)  We continue in Gen 23:14-16,

Gen 23:14-16  And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him:  My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead. And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current (money) with the merchant.

Here in Gen 23 we are looking at the shadow. Abraham paid the full price to Ephron the Hittite: 400 shekels of silver, and God adds that the money was "current with the merchant". In other words, it was legitimate money, and legitimately the full price was paid. There was nothing illegal about it. It was a totally righteous transaction. God emphasizes that it was "current with the merchant". The substance of this picture is that the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross actually made the full payment. Since God is righteous, therefore the righteous full price had to be paid. How much is that? It was a whole lot more than Abraham had to pay. Abraham paid for the burial place of Sarah who was physically dead. But Christ paid for the burial place of those persons who have experienced the second death with Him and in Him. In order to do that, Christ Himself had to experience the second death for those persons. Let us apply that to ourselves. First Christ had to identify Himself with us, who did not exist yet. Christ had to impute to Himself all our sins, and He had to pay the price of the wrath of God that must be equivalent to the full payment for all those sins. Each one of those sins carried a penalty of an eternity in Hell. Christ had to pay the full payment that was equivalent to an eternity in Hell for all those sins. His sufferings for our sins began Thursday night in the Garden of Gethsemane, and after He hung on the Cross for about 6 hours on Friday He cried with a loud voice: "It is finished". That was the moment when He had completed paying for our sins. Since Christ was God, He could make that payment in less than 20 hours. But let no one make you believe the claims that Christ only suffered in His body by shedding His blood, because that would not be the full price for our sins.

Moreover, let no one believe that Christ suffered for all the sins of everyone in the whole world. That is not possible. Since Christ was God He also knew whom God had chosen, and therefore He knew for which sins He was paying the penalty. Christ would not suffer the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for those whom He knew were going to Hell themselves. But Christ also knew that He was going to pay the equivalent of an eternity in Hell. When the Lord Jesus Christ was tempted by Satan to throw Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple, and thereby avoid having to go to the Cross, Christ could not accept that. That was a real temptation, but He knew that He had to pay the full price. There was no other way to satisfy the righteousness of God.

Gen 23:17-18  And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city.

So let us sum up this picture, which was a only a shadow of what was to take place. We see three points:

1.     Abraham is buying it from the people of the land. What is the big deal? The big deal is that God could not take it away from the unsaved without paying a price. They owned it.

2.     Abraham paid the full price. Why did Abraham insist on making the full payment? Because Christ about 2000 years later was also going to make the full payment, the righteous payment.

3.     It was only a burial place. Why then was it made sure unto Abraham for a possession? Sarah went to be with the Lord in heaven. Isn't she sure of her place in heaven? How can that gravesite make her, or make us more certain. Why does God say that this burial place was made sure? Made sure until when? God wants us to understand that it was made sure until this day! That is all the more reason that we must understand the spiritual picture in this chapter.

Why did God say five times: "In the presence, or in the audience of the sons of Heth". In verses 10, 11, 13, 16, and 18 God said that. It means that God made sure that there were witnesses. Witnesses to what? Witnesses that Abraham purchased the field, and the cave, which was therein, and all the trees that were therein. Look at the emphasis on the whole field. The main reason why Abraham bought the field was so that he could have the cave, which contained the body of his treasured wife. Is this not a strong reminder of the parable the Lord Jesus told in

Matt 13:44 ¶ Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

The man in this parable is the Lord Jesus Christ. The treasure is His Bride, the Body of believers, which are hidden in the field. The field is the world. Christ laid down His glory and bought the world.

Abraham bought a field, which included the Cave of Machpelah in the field. The name Machpelah means "a fold", or better "a sheepfold". That may be a funny name for a burial cave, but the cave has probably been used in the past as a sheepfold. Is that not a fitting name for the treasure that Christ bought, when He bought the world? But the parable of Matt 13:44 is not the whole story, because Christ paid a special price for His sheepfold. He bought the world, but He redeemed His sheepfold. Let us continue in Gen 23:19-20. We read here about the cave:

Gen 23:19-20  And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan. And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a burying place by the sons of Heth.

What is the spiritual picture of this burial? "After this", which means after Abraham purchased the field and the cave, or spiritually: After the Lord Jesus purchased the world and redeemed the sheep that His Father had given Him, He cried with a loud voice: "It is finished". And after this was done, He gently laid them in the grave that His Father's providence had provided for Him and for them. You see, the Bible teaches that we were crucified with Christ, and we died with Christ, and we were buried with Christ, and we rose from the grave with Christ. That is how intimately the Lord Jesus Christ is united with those whom the Father gave Him from before the foundation of the world. And what is the spiritual picture for the field that Abraham bought? This field was a token for the world that Christ was going to buy (a Synecdoche). Ever since Adam and Eve rebelled against God the children of Satan own this present earth. So temporarily Satan owns it. But there is going to be a transfer of ownership on the last day. God showed us that picture already when He gave the children of Israel the land of Canaan. But because the full price was paid by the Lord Jesus Christ, that is why it is absolutely certain that we will inherit the earth. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. God says in Psalm 111:6, “He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.” Literally, God gave the heritage of the heathen to the children of Israel when He gave them the land of Canaan. That was already a picture that God will take property from Satan and give it to His people, the Israel of God. But God did not complete this transaction without payment. Christ paid the full price. What was it that the Lord Jesus Christ purchased on the Cross? He bought the world and He redeemed His elect.  What is the difference between “bought” and “redeemed”? In the N.T. God uses three distinct Greek words: #1. The Agora is a noun, which means: the marketplace. #2. Agorazo is a verb, which means: to frequent the marketplace, or just to buy. Agorazo does not mean to redeem. #3. Exagorazo is a verb, which means: to buy out of the marketplace, particularly a slave, and then set him free. This is exactly what it means “to redeem.” In the parable of Matt 13:44, Christ bought that field (Agorazo) In Gal 4:5, To redeem them that were under the law (Exagorazo)

Jacob made sure that he was buried in the Cave of Machpelah, where Abraham and Sarah were buried, and where Isaac and Rebekah were buried, and where Leah was buried. Jacob may have understood what God's divine plan was for His people, that God will give us the world. No, God will not give us this sin cursed world, but the NH&NE. It means He will give us the New Jerusalem within a brand new world which is within a new universe.

#3.       Let us look at the fact that: We died with Christ (Rom 7:1-6)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans, chapter 7, beginning at verse 1 (2X). In Rom 7 God begins to explain that all of us mankind come into the world under the Law and married to the Law.

Romans 7:1 ¶ Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

God defines this bond between man and the Law that it is as tightly as the marriage bond. If we break the Law, it is equivalent to having committed spiritual adultery. Only death can break the marriage bond. Likewise, only death of one of the two partners can separate us from the Law.

Romans 7:2  For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

      We are that woman, and the law of God is our husband, and our husband demands a penalty for spir. adultery.

Romans 7:3  So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

Now, what happens when we died with Christ?

Romans 7:4  Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

The Bible says: We died with Christ, we were buried with Him, and we were raised with Him. Not only do we read this in the Bible, but now we also realize that it was an absolute necessity that we have died with Christ. Without this death we would still be in bondage to the Law.

Romans 7:5-6  For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

Therefore, since we have died with Christ the second death, we were also raised with Him so that we now can serve Him in newness of spirit, instead of trying to serve Him by the letter of the Law, since by the deeds of the Law shall no flesh be justified in His sight. When we died with Christ we were put in a grave. Where was the grave

Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel according to John, John 19:38 (2X). The Lord Jesus died and was gently laid in the tomb of a rich man, named Joseph of Arimathaea.

John 19:38-42 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

What do we see here? Christ was buried in that tomb. Which means that we were buried in that tomb because we were and still are in Christ. This means that Sarah was buried in that tomb, and since Sarah represents all of the believers therefore Sarah had to be buried in a place that had to be bought. Christ bought that place when He bought the world on the Cross. Are we going to stay in that tomb, or are we getting out of there? In one sense when Christ arose, we rose with Him. But in another sense we still live in a body that has not yet been renewed like our soul has. We live in a body of death. Our body still has to be resurrected to be fit for the NH&NE.

Š      Therefore We Do Not Remain Dead (Gal 3:29, 1Cor 15:51-58, Rev 20:14, Rom 4:8, Matt 22:30, 1John 3:2)

God made this promise to all His elect:

Gal 3:29   And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

According to Gal 3:29, we are the heirs according to the promise. The story of Gen 23 is just a foretaste of our

inheritance. God moved Abraham to pay the full price, as a picture that ultimately the full price was paid by Christ on the Cross. The fact that Christ paid the full price made sure that we should inherit the new earth. The principle that God established in Gen 23 is this: A brand New Heaven and New Earth is made sure as an inheritance for us who are the heirs according to the promise. This purchase was not made in a corner, but was in view of all the world. Christ paid this price in the presence of all the people. The Bible has been a bestseller for more than 400 years, which means that the atoning sacrifice the Lord Jesus Christ made for the sins of His people has been around for a long time. The whole world has heard of it, and some have told it a little distorted, but everyone knows that Christ’s payment was for the sins of His people. Please turn in your Bibles to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 15:51 (2X). The entire chapter 15 of First Corinthians deals with the resurrection of the body. The revival of the soul is not in question, but the resurrection of the body has been denied by many. Our bodies will be eaten by worms, the worms will be eaten by birds, the birds will be eaten by other animals or the birds drop their excrement on plants, which will be eaten by people, and which will die and be eaten by worms, and so on, and so on. It is easy to see that in 4000 years the material in our bodies is perhaps recycled 4 times over. But God will have no problem with that, since God is going to resurrect us with entirely new material that is not subject to the laws of this universe, but of an entirely new universe where there will be no decay, and where only righteousness dwells. We will get out of our tomb at the last trumpet call. We read in 1Cor 15:51-53,

1Co 15:51-53 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

You see, we must be changed, because flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Flesh and blood is subject to decay, and thus it shall have no place in the NH&NE. Then we read in 1Cor 15:54-56,

1Cor 15:54-56 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

Death is swallowed up in victory, for death and the grave will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:14). There will be no more death, both for the elect and the reprobate alike, and there will be no more grave where the reprobate will want to hide. For all those who die unsaved the sting of death is sin. For them the uncertain future after death is the presence of sin, for they know that a righteous God will demand retribution for sin. But the strength of sin, the grievousness of sin, is the law, for sin is the transgression of the law. But do the elect not fear death, for the elect also commit sins? No, for God says in Rom 4:8, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” And the Lord will not impute sin to them, because Christ has paid for all their sins. Therefore we read:

1Cor 15:57-58  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

But even though our labor is not in vain in the Lord, we realize that we are not working for an extra reward. Our inheritance is greater than we can even ask or think; it is greater than anything that could have entered into the heart of man. And we will celebrate the marriage supper with the Lamb of God into eternity. But in what shape or form will we enter into the NH&NE? This is a question which must remain unanswered. Let me just give two references which prove the point. The first one is from Matt 22:30, where the Lord Jesus answered the Sadducees,

Mt 22:30  For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

In other words, in the resurrection there will be neither male nor female. Our physical form will be changed, for we will all be sons of God. Secondly, the Lord tells us in 1John 3:2,

1Jo 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Listen to these words, which were written down by a man who saw the Lord Jesus with His face shining like the sun, and who also saw Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration. Even after these experiences he says, “it doth not yet appear what we shall be”. He did not see Christ in all His glory.

But without any question the inheritance we will receive is incredibly glorious. And it will be ours because the Lord Jesus Christ made the payment in full. He did not forget one sin. He absolutely made a full payment for all our sins. Therefore not one of the elect will be forgotten, for our God is faithful, and not one can be added later on, because we may not doubt the omniscience and wisdom of God. This is what the purchase of the field of Machpelah before Mamre is a picture of. The same became Hebron in the land of Canaan.

Now Hebron became one of the Cities of Refuge. Each City of Refuge was a picture of the Jerusalem that is above, the Heavenly Jerusalem, which is where Christ dwells among His people. The field Abraham bought was before Hebron. The Hebrew meaning is: in the face of Hebron, which means: the purchase was made in the face of the Heavenly Jerusalem where Christ dwells.