How often have you haggled over the price of something, or fought over the check for who will pay the bill at a meal? Now when you’re looking at the cost of a car, of course a little negotiation is in order… that’s a lot of money at stake. But picking up the check for a few people to eat a meal, typically isn’t all that much money in the big scheme of things.
Now when Abraham’s wife Sarah died, he needed a burial site for her and desired to buy the land. In then end, he did pay for the land, 400 shekles (around $40k). This seems expensive, in fact it was prime land, but to Abraham, it was not all that much and more than worth it. Despite the fact that they were willing to give him the land for free, he insisted on rightfully paying for it. The full story can be read here. (Gen 23)
Although a lot can be said about why he was insisting on paying for the land that was being offered, the story I wish to focus on is why they insisted on giving him the land in the first place. That is summed up in v 6. “Hear us, my lord; you are a prince of God among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will withhold from you his tomb to hinder you from burying your dead.” Now the Hittites may not have truly known how real that statement was, but what was obvious to them is that he was unique and special. Even though Abraham never asked the question, we know who they said he was… the prince of God.
Christ did ask this question of Peter. “He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 16:15-17) Jesus is pointing out that it is not by the power of human awareness to know that Jesus was in fact the Son of God.
Just as Christ is the Son of God, we are also sons and daughters of God. “and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
(2 Cor 6:18) Now it’s one thing for the Spirit to reveal to people that we are sons and daughters of the One True God.
But there is a way that people can observe this, just as the Hittites knew that Abraham was. “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35) So when you ask, ‘Who do you say that I am?’, if you are showing the Love of Christ, they will know you are a son or daughter… a prince or princess of the One True King.
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