By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
Abram is told by Hashem Himself to leave his cozy comfortable home in Babylon. God leads him, along with Lot, his nephew who decided to go with him, to Cana’an, a land already occupied. They settle south; are driven to Egypt by a famine; Abram’s wife is taken captive by Pharaoh; God sends a plague to Pharaoh, who releases Sarai and showers Abram with wealthy gifts; Abram returns to the Land; separates from Lot and it is then that God makes an eternal covenant with him. Abram then has to fight to keep the Land away from five foreign invaders and to free Lot his relative. He then meets with the King of 'Jerusalem' whom he honors and tithes to.
After God renews and specifies His covenant with Abraham, Hashem gives him Isaac; destroys Sodom; has Sarah again taken captive and freed in the same manner as before. Then Isaac is miraculously born and ‘resurrected’ (Hebrews 11:19). Sarah dies.
Abraham now wants to buy a piece of land to bury his wife. His only ownership of the Land is in the promises of God, which sadly did not constitute valid currency for Hephron the Hittite. At first he seems to make an altruistic offer, but pragmatic Abraham sees the ‘strings’ attached to the ‘gift’ and wants nothing of it so he yields to an exorbitant price for a piece of land in Hebron. Abraham wants this to be a closed undisputable affair. Such a business transaction follows its genealogic line, so along with two other similar deals, this biblically recorded transaction until this day serves as a record of the indisputable Jewish ownership of that Land. Hashem allowed these to be recorded in His Word so there would be no doubt about it. .
We may wonder at the encrypted message in this story. The prophet Isaiah said it so well, Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, (Isaiah 46:10).
Read with me in the lives of Abraham and Sarah the life and destiny of Jacob whom Mashiach renamed, ‘Israel’ (Genesis 32:28). Coming out of Babylon Jacob/Israel came to an occupied land. Later, Israel was made captive in Egypt, freed through plagues then showered with gifts. When Israel arrived back in its land, he still has to fight kings who wanted to dominate him. Israel is again taken in captivity, this time in Babylon from where he returns with gifts from the King of Persia. The whole story takes us to the miraculous birth of Yeshua and to His resurrection. Eventually, the Land will be legally owned by its God ordained inhabitant but as with Abraham, for an exorbitant price!
Here is now the rest of that verse from Isaiah: 'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,' (Isaiah 46:10).