by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Greatest Men of the Bible (6 of 15)
Abraham-The Man Who Passed Through the Greatest Trial
Clarence E. Macartney
Heb. 11:17

Over here on this side, under the roof of the mosque
at Hebron, are the cenotaphs of the three patriarchs:
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob-not the tombs, but their
monuments, or cenotaphs. Each one is covered with
gorgeous green brocade, and each is shielded by a
silver grille. In the middle of the floor is a
circular opening covered with a grating. From this
grating a lamp is suspended. Looking down through the
opening you can see the lamp burning in the darkness
far below.

You are looking into the cave of Machpelah, and there
rests the dust of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The wind
of the ages seems to be blowing there, and you seem to
hear the voice of the remotest past. You are standing
where Abraham bought the cave of Machpelah to bury his
dead out of his sight. There he buried Sarah, there he
himself was laid to rest, and there Isaac and Jacob
were gathered to their fathers. On all the earth is
there an authentic sepulcher that evokes such memories
as this one beneath the mosque at Hebron? After the
death of Blaise Pascal, the great French
mathematician, philosopher, and theologian, there was
found sewed on his doublet a paper upon which he had
written these words: "God of Abraham, God of Isaac,
God of Jacob, not of philosophers and scholars, God of
Jesus Christ; my God and thy God. Thy God shall be my

It is that thought that moves and stirs one mightily
when one looks down into the cave of Machpelah-the God
of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob is
our God, too, the same yesterday, today, and forever.

The Greatness and Influence of Abraham

In the sermon on Moses I said that the three greatest
men of the Bible, because of the influence that they
exerted and the results of their life and work, are
Abraham, Moses, and Paul. But Abraham is in a certai ...

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