Day 19

Day 19 Reading – Genesis Chapters 22-24

“No, my lord,” he said. “Listen to me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it.” Genesis 23:11a

Something about this exchange caught me as ‘funny’ today.

Abraham is in a foreign land. His wife has died. He wants to buy land to bury her.

Seems simple enough.

People are trying to give him the land, but he keeps wanting to pay for it.

Seems odd.

1) How often do we complain about how little people are willing to help these days, while refusing the help that is being offered to us?

2) What does this say about receiving gifts that might have ‘strings’ attached later?

Just some unusual thoughts while reading the Bible today.

How about you?


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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