Genesis 25:7-10 records that Abraham lived one hundred and seventy years and then died in a good old age, and old man, full of years. His sons, Isaac and Ishmael, buried him in the cave of Macpelah, in the same field which Abraham had purchased from the sons of Heth, to bury Sarah his wife. While it is interesting to note that thou chronological Isaac was the second-born of Abraham, he is listed first before Ishmael in this account, to establish the fact that he is indeed the promised son, it is even more interesting to note that Abraham’s life is describe as “full of years”.
Oxford dictionary lists the phrase “full of years” as archaic and meaning “having lived to a considerable age”, but I believe that this extra qualification of “full of years”, besides good old age and old man, is given to help us recognize that only when our lives are full of faith and obedience to God, in offering all that we love, demonstrating our love for him, despite our shortcomings, only then can the testament of our lives being full of years be given to us, at lives end.
Points to ponder:
Abraham lived a life of faith, believing in God,offering whom he loved most, which was credited to him as righteousness and was counted as having a life full of years. Should the Lord tarry in his coming and we are at the end of our life, will it be said of us, that our life was full of years (because it was a life of faith, believing in him and obeying him, no matter what.
Genesis 25:7-10 (KJV)
7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.
8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.
9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;
10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.