And he just died
Israel worked for God and He kept him alive until his task on earth was done. Jacob told his twelve sons to bury him in the land of Canaan the land God promised Abraham, in the cave in the field at Machpelah, east of Mamre, in the land of Canaan, that Abraham bought, along with the field from Ephron the Hittite, to possess as a burial site. Jacob wanted to be with Abraham and Sarah, his grandparents, with Isaac and Rebekah his parents and with Leah his wife. And he specifically told them exactly where to be buried. And then everything had been said and done, and he just died.
To remember and be thankful
It was important to Jacob where to be buried, what was the reason? I believe that he did it for God’s prophesy about the twelve tribes of God’s people, for them to know where their ancestors were buried, in the Land that God had given them when they struggled in foreign places or fought in wars for their home country. For us as well, it is Good to know our home country, it is good to know our friends and family and the graves to remember and be thankful. When people die their memory lives on if we keep it alive even if the grave is in the see or on a battlefield, it is of value to keep their memories alive for the future family members.
- What can graves tell our children?
- Why do we remember our dead?