In “awaiting resurrection” Jefferson Vann shows that the intermediate state is an unconscious wait for new life at the resurrection.
Genesis 25:7-20 (JDV)
Genesis 25:7 These are the days of the living years of Abraham, 175 years.
Genesis 25:8 Abraham stopped breathing and died with a good gray head, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his ancestors.
Genesis 25:9 Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre,
Genesis 25:10 that field Abraham purchased from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried, with Sarah his wife.
Genesis 25:11 After the death of Abraham, God blessed his son Isaac. And Isaac moved to Beer-lahai-roi.
Genesis 25:12 This is the story of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s servant, bore to Abraham.
Genesis 25:13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael; and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,
Genesis 25:14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa,
Genesis 25:15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.
Genesis 25:16 These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, twelve princes listed according to where their tribes settled.
Genesis 25:17 (These are the years of the life of Ishmael: 137 years. He stopped breathing and died, and was gathered to his ancestors.)
Genesis 25:18 The Ishmaelites settled from Havilah to Shur, which is before Egypt as you are going to Assyria. They settled away from all their relatives.
Genesis 25:19 This is the story of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham fathered Isaac,
Genesis 25:20 and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to be his wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan-Aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean.
Ishmael is said to have lived a long life, stopped breathing and died, and was gathered to his ancestors. He joined his father Abraham, who had done the same thing. They were not judged at death, nor did they go to separate places, although Ishmael was not part of Abraham’s covenant with the LORD. They both went to Sheol, the place where all the dead go (or a state where they exist unconsciously) awaiting their resurrection. Their destinies await them at the coming of the Messiah who will wake all those who sleep in the dust. The day of our deaths is not the judgment day for us. On the day of our deaths, we begin a sleep which can only be awaken by a resurrection. The only one who has been raised immortal from that sleep is Jesus. He is “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” He awoke to his eternal destiny, and someday Abraham and Ishmael (and you and I) will awake to ours.
LORD, thank you for hope after the grave. Thank you that our hope is Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life.
_________________ Matthew 9:24; 27:52; John 11:11; 2 Peter 3:4.  1 Corinthians 15:20-23.
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