Here we learn that Abraham had another concubine besides Hagar. Her name was Keturah, and God gave Abraham five sons through her (1). Like Ishmael, these sons of Abraham are significant historically, but they do not figure into the promise of spiritual blessing that will come through Isaac alone. They are not to be ancestors of Jesus. Isaac was to be his spiritual legacy. For that reason, Abraham “gave gifts” to each of these sons and sent them away before he died.
At 175 years old, Abraham breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people. He was buried alongside Sarah in the cave at Machpelah, where they both await the resurrection of the Righteous.
LORD, like Abraham, we are temporary beings. As we contemplate what we will leave behind after we die, help us to make sure we establish a spiritual legacy.