Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. So Sarah died in Kirjath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.
Abraham and Sarah. We’ve learned a lot through our close study of this couple. They experienced high-highs and low-lows…yet despite it all, their eyes were fixed beyond this life—past the pain and disappointments—to a city whose builder and maker is God. They were residents in this world, but they were not of this world…but merely pilgrims passing through. They desired a better home…a heavenly country prepared by God (Hebrews 11:13-16).
We see a glimpse of what their perspective looks like in Genesis 23, as Abraham buries his bride of well over 60 years. A woman who stood by Abraham’s side through thick and thin, for better or for worse. A woman who is mentioned in scripture as the model of a godly woman, supporting her husband and submitting to him—even after all his failures in faith.
Abraham is now tested again with pain and uncertainty…and without Sarah by his side. He would see her again in that city…their heavenly homeland–the one they were both waiting and longing for.
Abraham and Sarah understood something about their time on earth. They realized a reality that helped them persevere through those many trials and tribulations together. Yes, there were joys and there was laughter. But these two knew that the best was yet to come. They lived like it was true. They died knowing it was true. And if we share that same perspective, we, too, will desire a better home…a heavenly city, whose builder and maker is God.