Was Abraham Justified by Works?
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
…For now I know that thou fearest God….
And it came to pass after these things, that God did test Abraham,
and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou
lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there
for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell
thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled
his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his
son, and cut the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and
went unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the
third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the
ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come
again to you. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering,
and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand,
and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spoke
unto Abraham, his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here
am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but
where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My
son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they
went both of them together. And they came to the place which God
had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the
wood in order, and bound Isaac, his son, and laid him on the altar
upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took
the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him
out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here
am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do
thou anything unto him; for now I know that thou fearest God,
seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And
Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, behind him
a ram ...
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