Genesis 23 Commentary
Sarah dies at the age of 127. She has to be buried but Abraham is a foreigner and a stranger in the land. I guess his constant wandering made him appear more foreign than was normal for a man who had spent a considerable number of years in Canaan. It is also worth noting that Abraham needed a decent burial place for his esteemed wife. We will see later that this place became the official burial place for the patriarchs.
Abraham is seen buying land that essentially belonged to him. God had given it to him. I don’t know if Abraham fully understood what God meant when he (Abraham) was given the land. Did God want Abraham to take possession of the land and establish a dynasty? Did God want Abraham to start ruling and ensure righteousness prevailed? Or was the promise of land a matter for his descendants? Whichever way, by the time of Sarah’s death Abraham is a ‘might prince’ among them but still very much foreign and not exactly in possession of the land that the LORD had given.