The Story of Abraham and Isaac
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But just at that moment the angel of the Lord out of heaven called
to Abraham, and said:
"Abraham! Abraham!" .....
And Abraham answered, "Here I am, Lord."
Then the angel of the Lord said:
"Do not lay your hand upon your son. Do no harm to him. Now
I know that you love God more than you love your only son, and
that you are obedient to God, since you are ready to give up
your son, your only son, to God."
What a relief and a joy these words from heaven brought to
the heart of Abraham! How glad he was to know that it was not
God's will for him to kill his son! Then Abraham looked around,
and there in the thicket was a ram caught by his horns. And
Abraham took the ram and offered him up for a burnt-offering in
place of his son. So Abraham's words came true when he said
that God would provide for himself a lamb.
The place where this altar was built Abraham named
Jehovah-jireh, words in the language that Abraham spoke
meaning, "The Lord will provide."
This offering, which seems so strange, did much good. It
showed to Abraham, and to Isaac also, that Isaac belonged to
God, for to God he had been offered; and in Isaac all those who
should come from him, his descendants, had been given to God. Then it showed to
Abraham and to all the people after him, that God did not
wish children or men killed as offerings for worship; and
while all the people around offered such sacrifices, the
Israelites, who came from Abraham and from Isaac, never
offered them, but offered oxen and sheep and goats
These gifts, which cost so much toil, they felt must be
pleasing to God, because they expressed their thankfulness to
him. But they were glad to be taught that God does not desire
men's lives to be taken, but loves our living gifts of love and
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