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Abraham's Life After Sarah

After the death of his elderly wife Sarah (see Abram and Sarai and Sarah's Rest), Abraham, although far advanced in age himself, lived on for many years. During that time, his family increased further, through the arranged marriage of Abraham's son Isaac (see Isaac's Faith And Obedience) to Rebekah, and to Abraham's own marriage to Keturah. Through Isaac, Abraham became the father of the Israelite people (of which the people of Judah are just one tribe; see The Northern Kingdom and The Southern Kingdom; also The Gathering of Israel and Judah), and through Hagar (while Sarah was living; see Hagar Today), Keturah and other concubines, Abraham became the father of many other nations ("nation" is derived from Nativity, which means place of birth).

Why did the LORD (i.e. Christ, see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') have Abraham become the father of "many nations," Israelite and "gentile"?

"3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness [see Circumcision]. 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham." (Galatians 3:6-9 KJV)

"The LORD had blessed Abraham in all things"

It was Abraham who insisted that Isaac marry from within his own clan - from back in Iraq (see Israel's Iraqi Roots). The task of actually finding the wife for Isaac was given to Abraham's head servant (see A Servant's Journey) - with the help of the LORD i.e. "O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and show kindness unto my master Abraham" (Genesis 24:12 KJV).

Abraham

"24:1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. 24:2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: 24:3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD [see Christ The Creator], the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: 24:4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac." (Genesis 24:1-4 KJV)

"24:10 And the servant took ten camels [see Arabian and Bactrian] of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor." (Genesis 24:10 KJV)

"24:12 And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed [see God Speed] this day, and show kindness unto my master Abraham. 24:13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water [see Wells and Cisterns]; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: 24:14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast showed kindness unto my master." (Genesis 24:12-14 KJV)

"24:26 And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD. 24:27 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren." (Genesis 24:26-27 KJV)

"24:66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. 24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death." (Genesis 24:66-67 KJV)

Abraham himself married again - to a "gentile" (keep in mind that there were no Israelites, or Jews, in existence yet - see Abraham Wasn't A Jew). Her name was Keturah; from their children, many of the Arab people are today descended.

"25:1 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. 25:2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. 25:3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim. 25:4 And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.

25:5 And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. 25:6 But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country." (Genesis 25:1-6 KJV)

Abraham the Iraqi died after a long, righteous life. He is buried with Sarah in the family tomb at Hebron.

"25:7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. 25:8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost [see Giving Up The Ghost], and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people. 25:9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre; 25:10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.

25:11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi." (Genesis 25:7-11 KJV)

Fact Finder: The bodies of Abraham and Sarah have now been the tomb at Hebron for many centuries. How long will their being dead seem to them? When will they awaken?
See What Happens When You Die? and When Will You Be Judged?


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