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    2 Abraham
    Chapter 41

    2 Abraham 41

    Ishmael boasts of his righteousness. Lucifer demands to test Abraham in the Council of Heaven. Abraham is instructed to offer his son Isaac up as a sacrifice and burnt offering. Sarah's love for Isaac.

    1. And Sarah and I continued to teach our son Isaac and instruct him in the ways of the ancients, that he might be initiated into the Chavurat Bekorot of Elohim and receive the blessings of eternal life. And Isaac did know Yahweh, and Yahweh was with him and did bless him greatly because he was full of faith and love, and did good to all he met.

    2. When Isaac was thirty-seven years old, he was one day talking with his brother Ishmael. And Ishmael was boasting of his righteousness, saying: I was thirteen years old when Yahweh spake to my father to circumcise us, and from that time I have consecrated my soul unto Yahweh, and kept His commandments as they have come unto me from my father.

    3. But Isaac answered him, saying: Why dost thou boast in thy righteousness, for none of us are without sin, and all mankind is as nothing before Yahweh. And we must be prepared to be offered upon the altar as a sacrifice to our Elohim with joy that we can glorify Him before our calling and election is made sure.

    4. This saying of Isaac pleased Yahweh, and Yahweh visited me, saying: Thy son Isaac have I seen and his heart is right before Me; and he is clean and pure, an acceptable sacrifice unto Yahweh. And Yahweh touched the eyes of my understanding that they were opened, and I saw the sons of Elohim gathered in council with the Father. And Lucifer was also among them.

    5. And Yahweh said to Lucifer: Surely thou hast been abroad in the earth trying the hearts of men. Whom hast thou found standing in his integrity who should be further tried to know whether he be thine or Mine? And Lucifer replied: Hast thou considered Abraham and Sarah and Isaac? For I am unable to lead them into sin in whatever matter I place before them.

    6. They are united in the perfect bonds of love and purity, and even Abraham hath united all his family again which was divided. Surely they should be tried to know whether they are faithful only in their prosperity or whether they will be faithful also in adversity.

    7. And Yahweh said to Lucifer: Were I to say unto Abraham: Bring up Isaac thy son unto the high place and offer him as a burnt offering unto Me, he would not withhold him from Me, nor would Isaac refuse to be offered.

    8. And Lucifer answered Yahweh, saying: Speak now unto Abraham as thou hast said, and we shall see whether his heart is perfect with Yahweh or whether his end shall be in my kingdom.

    9. With these words, the vision was closed to my mind and Yahweh said unto me: Abraham, take now thy son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there for a burnt offering upon the mountain upon which thou shalt see the glory of Yahweh resting as a cloud. And Yahweh departed from me and left me to consider these things.

    10. Now Sarah's heart was knit unto Isaac's insomuch that she did keep him by her side whenever possible. And he did sleep in her tent at night. Wherefore, I thought, how shall I separate Isaac from his mother Sarah for such a journey lest her heart be grieved and she die in her grief?

    11. So I went in unto Sarah and comforted her, and afterwards I said unto her: Our son Isaac we have taught these many years, and I feel now that I should take him unto Shem and Eber his son where he can be instructed by the ancient ones in the mysteries of the ancients, that he may become a perfect servant of Yahweh our Elohim.

    12. Sarah replied: Thou hast spoken well, my lord. Go to now and do all as thou hast said, only let the lad remain not too long apart from me, for my soul is bound to his soul with the pure love of Elohim. And I answered Sarah, saying: My wife, let us pray to Yahweh our Elohim, that we may yield to His will in all things, and that all things will work together for our good.

    13. And Isaac slept in our tent that night, and Sarah kissed and embraced him and instructed him until morning. And then she said to him: O my son, how can my soul separate itself from thee? And she still kissed him and embraced him until the time of preparation had come.

    14. Then Sarah took a beautiful and costly robe which Abimelech had given her as atonement for his wrong against her and her husband. With this robe, which had never been worn, Sarah clothed Isaac and put a turban upon his head in which she wrapped a precious stone.

    15. And she said unto him: Even as this stone art thou precious unto me, my son. Nevertheless, I would have thee so conduct thy life that when Yahweh shall come to gather up His jewells, thou wilt be among the number.

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