‘But death parts those whom nothing else could part’

Our family is reading through the bible this year and recently read Genesis Chapter 23. Once we finish reading the chapter, we switch over to Matthew Henry’s Commentary and read the summary. This was especially enlightening this week in regards to Genesis 23: 1-2 “Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. She died at Kiriath Arba (that is Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and weep over her. NIV

In the commentary, Henry writes “We have here, 1. Sarah’s age 1. Almost forty years before, she had called herself old. Old people will die never the sooner, but may die the better, for reckoning themselves old. 2. Her death, The longest liver must die at last. Abraham and Sarah had lived comfortably together many years; but death parts those whom nothing else could part. The special friends and favorites of Heaven are not exempted from the stroke of death. She died in the land of Canaan, where she had been above sixty years a sojourner. 3. Abraham’s mourning for her; and he was a true mourner. He did not only perform the ceremonies of mourning according to the custom of those times, as the mourners that go about the streets, but he did sincerely lament the great loss he had of a good wife, and gave proof of the constancy of his affection to her to the last. Two words are used: he came both to mourn and to weep. His sorrow was not counterfeit, but real. He came to her tent, and sat down by the corpse, there to pay the tribute of his tears, that his eye might affect his heart, and that he might pay the greater resect to the memory of her that was gone. Note, It is not only lawful, but it is a duty to lament the death of our near relations, both in compliance with the providence of God, who thus calls to weeping and mourning, and in honor to those to whom honor is due. Tears are a tribute due to our deceased friends. When a body is sown, so it must be watered. But we must not sorrow as those that have no hope; for we have a good hope through grace both concerning them and concerning ourselves.”

Immediately, upon reading this, the Holy Spirit brought a dear friend of mine to mind. She had lost her husband, who was only in his forties, a few years ago to cancer and was/is dealing with the grief of her loss. She is very open about her grief journey, so I sent this to her. I also felt the Holy Spirit leading me to share this on my blog. Someone out there needed to hear this. Was it you?

Another thought I have heard in the past is the following, “Old age is a privilege not extended to everyone.” Lord, may we all use our time here to good purpose. Amen.

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