The end of an ERA–The man of faith the original patriarch of Israel died. In the meanwhile, he had several more sons. But God and Abraham’s covenant remained in place. All Abraham had in his estate went to Isaac, but–He set each of his remaining sons up with the ability to prosper. And while the separation from Ishmael was quite obvious, Ishmael helped to bury his father. It seems as though, Abraham had a lasting impact on many nations. His legacy, while simply beginning was clearly widespread and deep.
What about our legacy? Will we be people of faith that impact the world by our lives? God does not require perfection (She is my sister), he simply requires perseverance. We live our lives trusting and following him until he takes us or he returns. In the meanwhile, we love our kids and give them everything we can to equip them to live similar lives of faith. All other things we do become secondary–We are called to be legendary, by being faithful, selfless and loving–like Abraham.
God Bless You
Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. 6 But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.
7 Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. 8 Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. 9 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, 10 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites.[a] There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.