This was at once the patriarch’s crowning trial and grandest victory, and it came after he had obtained the choicest blessing of his life. Great privileges involve great trial.
His obedience was speedy, unhesitating, and complete. Think of that early hour, and the task of cleaving the wood for such a sacrifice. Could we thus obey the Lord?
Those days of deliberation must have severely tried him. We can do in a hurry what we should shrink from if we weighed it calmly.
Perhaps he feared lest the servants should interpose to prevent his obedient act.
A touching question, but Abraham would not allow his feelings to master his faith.
These were grandly prophetic words, and have been divinely fulfilled;
Jehovah-jireh or the Lord will provide
Thus was the covenant renewed in full, in connection with this great intended act of sacrifice: it is sweet to see the covenant of grace confirmed in the actual offering up of Jesus, the Only Begotten of the Father. O for grace to be in covenant with God in Christ Jesus.
My God and Father! while I stray
Far from my home, in life’s rough way,
Oh! teach me from my heart to say,
“Thy will be done!” “Thy will be done!”
If thou shouldst call me to resign
What most I prize—it ne’er was mine;
I only yield thee what was thine:
“Thy will be done!”