Cryptic Inheritor

Genesis 29:16–30; Genesis 49:29–33; Galatians 3:27–29

Having been to many cemeteries over the years, whether in the US or abroad, it can be amazing to see what people do as monuments. A war leader or emperor may have one. Rich and noble families would often have such a monument, collecting the remains throughout history. It isn’t new, by any stretch. David and many of his descendants were buried near one another.

Abraham may or may not have intended to buy a burial plot, but it ended up being such for a few generations. What is peculiar about Jacob’s time is that his favorite wife, Rachael, was not buried there. His first wife, Leah, who wasn’t the preferred one, was the one buried there, and where Jacob would be buried alongside.

Family land has been fought over long before walked the earth. Even today, families fight over land and property fraying (if not destroying) ties and loyalties. In some places, the al lines that divide governments attempt to divide families, yet instead, the ties override the al di.

The bitter part of all of this is that people often fight over that which is dead and gone. Other times, their plans (buried with Rachael the favorite) are overridden by circumstances (buried with second best).

All the battles and all the woes are only for a time. As much as an ance (even the simple burial plot) may seem important at the time, it more often magnifies the pettiness of worldly affairs. Dust-to-Dust.

That has long been one of the hallmarks of the Christian …this world is not your home. Or, said another way, your true ance is not here.

Paul calls out this ance as something that crosses blood, and culture, and , and class, and gender. This imperishable seed of Abraham is not just something to grasp, it has already been n.


1) When you hear “ance” what is the first thing that comes to mind?

2) Why do Christians often fight over earthly ance or money when they have the imperishable ance?

3) How might a daily reminder of your ance change how you interact with in the world? What can you do to put that reminder front-and-center in your life?


God, may we keep our home perpetually in mind, along with all those with whom we want to share it. Amen.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.