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Genesis 25:7-11

Discovering New Life in Loss

 

 1.) A Good Life

“Who are we? Who is God? What is the good life?- John Mark Comer

 

Genesis 25: 7-8  

Genesis 15:15

 

“His death was in line with what God had promised long before: “You, however will to your fathers in peace and be buried in a good old age” …What is more, his funeral was marked by precisely the peace promised in Genesis 15.” – Ian Duguid

 

2.) Reconciliation in Loss

Genesis 25: 9-10,

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

 

3.) Promise Endures

Genesis 25:11  

Hebrews 11:8-10

 

Takeaway: A Christ Centered View of Loss

  1.  Journeying
  2.  Suffering

Keller quote: He was without any comforts of God- no feeling that God loved him- no feeling that God pitied him- no feeling God supported him. God was his sun before- now that sunbecame all darkness… He was without God- he was as if he had no God. All that God had been to him before was taken from him now. He was Godless- deprived of his God. He had the feeling of the condemned, when the judge says, “ Depart from me, ye cursed… who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power.” He felt that God said the same to him. I feel like a little child casting a stone into some deep ravine in the mountain side, and listening to hear its fall-but listening all in vain…

Ah! This is the hell that Christ suffered. The ocean of Christ’s sufferings is unfathomable… He was forsaken in the place of sinners. If you close with him, as your surety, you will never be forsaken.. “My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?” The answer? For me- for me. The ocean of Christ’s suffering is unfathomable.”

    3.) New Life

    Rev 22:1-5

 

Dallas Willard Quote: The Divine Conspiracy

“Those who have apprenticed themselves to Jesus learn an undying life with a future as good and as large as God himself. The experiences we have of this life as his co-conspirators now fill us with anticipation of a future so full of beauty and goodness we can hardly imagine.”

 

7 These are the days of the years of Abraham’s life, 175 years.8 Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. 9 Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre, 10 the field that Abraham purchased from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried, with Sarah his wife.11 After the death of Abraham, God blessed Isaac his son. And Isaac settled at Beer-lahai-roi.