Genesis – Chapter 23: The Death of Sarah

Genesis Chapter 22 brought us the sick and twisted story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his son (not his only son), Isaac, only to take away that command when Abraham is about to complete the task.  I’m not sure what is more disturbing, God asking this of Abraham or Abraham willing to follow through on it.  Chapter 23, as the title states, brings us the death of Abraham’s wife, Sarah.

“Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.” – Genesis 23:1

Older than any known human in modern history and older than the oldest age God said humans could live (Genesis 6:3).  God, again, breaks his own rule.  It’s difficult to trust him when he can’t keep his word of limiting human life to 120 years.  Abraham next negotiates with the Hittites for a burial place for Sarah.

That pretty much does it for Chapter 23.  The authors of Genesis could have been much more convincing had Sarah died at a younger age.  If the Bible said she died at 95, or 105, or even 115, that would be more believable as we see people today live that long.  But 127?  Longer than any human known outside of the Bible?  It just doesn’t make any sense.  If it’s supposed to prove the power of God, I’m sorry, but it fails.  On top of that, Sarah becomes one of many who are born after God’s covenant with Noah who lives longer than 120 years.  It’s one big contradiction conveniently ignored (or never read) by Christians.

Coming Soon: Genesis – Chapter 24:  Isaac and Rebekah

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