Abraham lived a total of 175 years. By the time Abraham took his last breath and joined his ancestors in death, he had reached a ripe old age and had lived a full life.
Genesis 25:7-8 (VOICE)
Old age is “good” if you have the blessing of the Lord on your life (Prov. 16:31). In spite of physical deterioration and weakness, you can enjoy His presence and do His will until the very end (2 Cor. 4:16-5:8).
Like Sarah before him, Abraham “died in faith.” For 100 years, he had been a stranger and a pilgrim on the earth, seeking a heavenly country; and now his desires were fulfilled (Heb. 11:13-16). His life had not been an easy one; but he had walked by faith a day at a time, and the Lord had brought him through. Whenever Abraham failed the Lord, he returned to Him and started over again; and the Lord gave him a new beginning.
He also died “full of years”. This suggests more than a quantity of time; it suggests a quality of life. Abraham, who was flourishing and fruitful to the very end, fulfilled the picture of old age given in Psalm 92:12-15. How few people really experience joy and satisfaction when they reach old age! When they look back, it is with regret; when they look ahead, it is with fear; and when they look around, it is with complaint.
An anonymous wit claimed that he would rather be “over the hill” than under it. But death is not a threat to the person who trusts Jesus Christ and lives by His Word. Old age can be a time of rich experience in the Lord and wonderful opportunities to share Him with the next generation (Ps. 48:13-14; 78:5-7). Then, when death comes, you go to meet the Lord with joyful confidence.
God promised that Abraham would die “in peace” (Gen. 15:15), and he did. Abraham was saved by faith, so he had “peace with God” (Rom. 5:1). He had walked in the way of righteousness, so he experienced the peace of God (Isa. 32:17). The God who had guided him for a century would not forsake him at the very end (46:4).
Like everything else in life, to be successful in old age, you must start working at it very young. That is the counsel Solomon gives in Ecclesiastes 12. The chapter describes some of the inevitable physical problems of old age, but it also emphasizes that a godly life beginning in one’s youth is an investment that pays rich dividends when life draws to a close.
The phrase “gathered to his people” (Gen. 25:8) does not mean “buried with the family”; for Sarah’s body was the only one in the family tomb. This is the first occurrence of this phrase in the Bible; and it means to go to the realm of the dead, referring to the destiny of the spirit, not the body (James 2:26).
It is the temporary “home” of the spirits of the dead awaiting the resurrection (Rev. 20:11-15).
The permanent home for the saved is heaven; and for the lost, it is hell. Luke 16:19-31 indicates that sheol-hades has two sections to it, separated by a great gulf; and that the saved are in a place of blessing while the lost are in a place of pain. It is likely that Jesus emptied the paradise portion of sheol-hades when He returned to heaven in glory (Eph. 4:8-10). The punishment portion of hades will be emptied at the resurrection that precedes the judgment of the Great White Throne (Rev. 20:11-15). For the lost, hades is the jail, while hell is the penitentiary.
One day, you will be “gathered to your people.” If God’s people were your people in life, then you will be with them after death in the home that Jesus is now preparing (John 14:1-6). If the Christian family is not your “people,” then you will be with the crowd that is going to hell; and it is described in Revelation 21:8, 27. You had better make the right choice, because eternity is forever.
His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in Machpelah Cave, in the field east of Mamre that had belonged to Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite. It was the field that Abraham had bought from the Hittites; both Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried there.
Genesis 25:9-10 (GNT)
The Scriptures don’t give much information about the relationship between Isaac and Ishmael. When they were young, Ishmael taunted Isaac, and this occasioned Abraham sending Ishmael and Hagar away (Genesis 21:9-14). There is no indication that Ishmael and Isaac had much contact with each other after that.
However, they are shown together here at the burial of their father, and there was at least enough harmony that they honored their father, Abraham, together.
Abraham bought this field for the burial of his wife, Sarah. Abraham’s purchase of this burying place and Sarah’s burial are recorded in Genesis 23. Isaac and Rebekah were buried there too as were Jacob (Israel) and Leah (Genesis 49:31).
After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac. And Isaac settled into his home at Beer-lahai-roi.
This was the well that Hagar was at when she had run off from Sarah (Genesis 16:13-14). The Lord found Hagar beside this well and named her son Ishmael and promised her that He would make Ishmael great.