It is recorded in Scripture Abraham, his wife Sarah, their son Isaac with his wife Rebekah, their grandson Jacob and his wife Leah, were all buried in a cave in the field of Machpelah (Genesis 49:30-33). Moses’ sister, Miriam, was buried in Kadesh and his brother, Aaron, was buried in Mosera during the 40 years of wilderness wandering (Numbers 20:1; Deuteronomy 10:6). Moses was buried by God in a valley in the land of Moab (Deuteronomy 34:6), while Joshua was buried at Timnath-seral in Mount Ephraim (Joshua 24:30). Joseph was buried in Shechem (Joshua 24:32) and Samson between Zorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of his father, Manoah (Judges 16:31).
There is significance to the mode of burying those who have died, for the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 15 tells of how a seed that is planted in the ground springs forth to bear a new and much more vibrant life. “And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased Him, and to every seed his own body.” Just as a small kernel of seed corn is planted in the ground resulting in a flourishing plant full of life, so a body is sown for the resurrection that is to come. “It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body… As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”
Upon Jesus’ death He was laid in a borrowed tomb only to rise again from the dead on the third day. Christ became the Firstfruit of the resurrection that is to come. More will follow on that Great Resurrection Day when the dead in Christ shall rise first and the corruptible, mortal bodies that have been planted will put on incorruption and immortality. It is then so shall all those who have trusted Christ as Savior will ever be with the Lord in their new, glorified bodies “to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away” (I Peter 1:4).
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope
By the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
I Peter 1:3