Illustration: _ To prove his love for her, he swam the deepest river, crossed the widest desert and climbed the highest mountain. She divorced him: he was never home. Rose Sands, The Saturday Evening Post.
Hebrews 11: 17-19 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
As the hymn writer puts it: O how sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His Word, Just to rest upon His promise, Just to know “Thus says the Lord!” Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him over and over! O for Grace to trust Him more!
And then the chapter ends with God remaking His promise to Abraham. “I swear by Myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed Me.”
19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.