Secular Minister in Hebron: Abraham, Our Father, Bought This Place


Breaking Israel News: “Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Likud) visited Hebron on Tuesday to discuss several legal dilemmas facing the Jewish community. After visiting the Cave of the Patriarchs, Shaked addressed the representatives of the community, and in no uncertain terms stated the source of Jewish ownership of the city.

“Lately, much has been said regarding our rights to this land,” Shaked said, referring to the recent UN Security Council Resolution declaring the Jewish presence in Hebron to be illegal.

“Let us teach to those who do not know: Abraham our father, bought this place paying full price and a written deed, maybe the first of its kind in the world, and therefore it is obvious the Jewish community has every right to be here, including the right of ownership.”

Opinion: Genesis 23:1-20 records how Abraham and his descendants after him are the rightful owners of the disputed land in the West Bank town of Hebron:

“Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.  So Sarah died in Kirjath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.” (the first record of tears in the Bible)

Then Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying, I am a foreigner and a visitor among you. Give me property for a burial place among you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.” Genesis 23:1-20.

Abraham was in need of land to bury his wife and the sons of Heth, recognizing Abraham as a might prince, offered the choicest spot for free:

“My lord, listen to me; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver. What is that between you and me? So bury your dead.”  And Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham weighed out the silver for Ephron which he had named in the hearing of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, currency of the merchants.”

In the same way, 1000 years later, Abraham’s descendant, having learned from his great-grandfather, paid cash money for the Temple Mount as recorded in 1 Chronicles 21:22-25.

“Then David said to Ornan, Grant me the place of this threshingfloor, that I may build an altar therein unto the Lord: thou shalt grant it me for the full price: that the plague may be stayed from the people.

 And Ornan said unto David, Take it to thee, and let my lord the king do that which is good in his eyes: lo, I give thee the oxen also for burnt offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meat offering; I give it all.

And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for the Lord, nor offer burnt offerings without cost.

So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight.”

By God’s providence Abraham and David knew that one day the record of these transactions would be necessary. That would be today. The  sons of Edom, supported by the United Nations and the outgoing president of the United States, are trying to take land to which they have no legal right.


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