Forward Toward Home
The sorrowful death of the “first mother of Israel,” Sarah, is the occasion by which Abraham finally gets ownership of a little piece of the Promised Land. It can be considered a down payment on a promise that will continue to grow and expand over time. It would expand, most notably, in Jesus Christ, who said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5.5). As God’s people, followers of Jesus Christ are still waiting for the final fulfillment of the promise. But can we be so focused on what’s going on in the world that we forget, or disregard - or even no longer look forward toward the fulfillment of our inheritance? This Sunday, through Genesis 23, we’ll be reminded to look forward toward home.