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CRITICAL AND PRACTICAL,
ON THE BOOK OF
DESIGNED AS A GENERAL HELP TO
BIBLICAL READING AND INSTRUCTION.
By GEORGE BUSH,
IN TWO VOLUMES.
CORNER OF FULTON AND NASSAU STS.
HARYARD COLLEGE L'ERARY
1868, Oct. 5
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 100, by
could, no doubt, have submitted without If those portions of history are most hesitation; but when, to the eye of replete with interest and instruction reason, he saw the precept arrayed which exhibit to us illustrious charac- against the promise of God, and an act ters in trying situations, having their enjoined directly at variance with all virtues put to the severest test, yet hold the attributes of a Being holy, just, and ing fast their integrity, conquering diffi- true, he could not but be conscious of culties, and rising superior to temptation an inward struggle, ineffably severe. by the power of moral principle, then But the faith which had triumphed bethe ensuing narrative of Abraham's last fore, triumphed now; and as he came and greatest trial prefers the strongest forth from the terrible ordeal, like gold claims to our attention. It is an event tried in the furnace, how pertinently preeminently memorable in the life of may we conceive an approving God the patriarch. Whatever signal instan- addressing him in the language of the ces of faith and obedience have hither- poei :to distinguished his conduct, they are
“ All thy vexations all eclipsed by that which we are now Were but my trials of thy love: and thou called to consider. At the very time Hast strangely stood the test.” when we are prompted to congratulate The command here given to the pathe happy sire, and flatter ourselves triarch to sacrifice his only son has ever that his tribulations have an end; been so fruitful a theme of cavil with the that the storms which ruffled the noon enemies of revelation, that it will be proof life are blown over, and the evening per, in the outset, to advert with some of his age is becoming calm and serene, particularity to the objections usually the sorest of his struggles yet awaits urged against it. The command, it is him. The loss of a beloved child would, said, is inconsistent with the attributes under any circumstances, have been a of a Being of perfect justice and goodgrievous affliction; but in the present ness. But to this it may be replied, that case he finds himself required to submit the assertion rests upon no sufficient to a bereavement which threatened to grounds. As God is the author and giver extinguish the hopes of the world. Nor of life, he surely can, without the least was this all. The fatal blow was to be shadow of injustice, take it away when struck with his own hand! And in and in what manner he pleases. It this he was called to obey a mandate cannot be supposed that he conferred in which the divine counsel seemed so life either upon Abraham or Isaac, upon evidently to war with itself, that his bo- the terms of taking it away only in one som could not but be torn with a con- certain manner, or in the way most flict of emotions, such as the mere grief agreeable to them. It was given in of a father could never occasion. To a this, as in all other cases, under the or. command which should merely put to dinary reserve of his own indisputable the proof his paternal affection, he right of resumption in any mode that VOL. II.