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Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son.

—Genesis 22:10–13

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Learn, O saints . . . to sit loose to all your worldly comforts. And stand ready prepared to part with everything, when God shall require it at your hand. Some of you perhaps may have friends, who are to you as your own souls. And others may have children, in whose lives your own lives are bound up. All I believe have their Isaacs, their particular delights of some kind or other. Labour, for Christ’s sake, labour, ye sons and daughters of Abraham, to resign them daily in affection to God, that when he shall require you really to sacrifice them, you may not confer with flesh and blood, anymore than the blessed patriarch now before us. And as for you that have been in any measure tried like unto him, let his example encourage and comfort you.

Remember, Abraham your father was tried so before you. Think, O think of the happiness he now enjoys and how he is incessantly thanking God for tempting and trying him when here below. Look up often by the eye of faith and see him sitting with his dearly beloved Isaac in the world of spirits. Remember, it will be but a little while and you shall sit with them also and tell one another what God has done for your souls. There I hope to sit with you and hear this story of his offering up his Son from his own mouth and to praise the Lamb that sitteth upon the throne, for what he hath done for all our souls, forever and ever.

—George Whitefield, “Abraham’s Offering Up His Son Isaac” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:95.



Posted 2018·11·07 by David Kjos
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