Abraham’s remarkable faith is nowhere better seen than in his obedience to God’s command that he sacrifice his son Isaac on the altar. Continue reading . . .
Abraham’s remarkable faith is nowhere better seen than in his obedience to God’s command that he sacrifice his son Isaac on the altar. F. B. Meyer’s description of it is worthy of our close consideration:
“Can you not see the old man slowly gathering the stones, bringing them from the furthest distance possible; placing them with reverent and judicious precision; and binding the wood with as much deliberation as possible? But at last everything is complete; and he turns to break the fatal secret to the young lad who had stood wondering by. Inspiration draws a veil over that last tender scene – the father’s announcement of his mission; the broken sobs; the kisses, wet with tears; the instant submission of the son, who was old enough and strong enough to rebel if he had had the mind. Then the binding of that tender frame; which, indeed, needed no compulsion, because the young heart had learned the secret of obedience and resignation. Finally, the lifting him to lie upon the altar, on the wood. Here was a spectacle which must have arrested the attention of heaven. Here was a proof of how much mortal men will do for the love of God. Here was an evidence of child-like faith which must have thrilled the heart of the Eternal God, and moved Him in the very depths of His being. Do you and I love God like this? Is He more to us than our nearest and dearest? Suppose they stood on this side, and He on that side: would we go with Him, though it cost us the loss of all? You think you would? Aye, it is a great thing to say. The air upon this height is too rare to breathe with comfort. The one explanation of it is to be found in the words of our Lord: ‘He that loveth father or mother, son or daughter, more than Me, is not worthy of Me’” (F. B. Meyer).