But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, 'Abraham, Abraham!"
Here you see with what unconcern the divine Majesty toys with death and all the power of death. Here God is playing with His patriarch and his son, who together experienced the utmost distress and won a very great victory over death. . .. The victory of Abraham, Isaac, and all the saints is faith. He who has faith overcomes the fear of death and conquers and triumphs eternally. About this 2 Corinthians 1:9 says: "We have set our hope on the living God who raises the dead." . . . Christians, who have the Word, should hear it with all eagerness and should meditate on it, in order that their hearts may be stirred up, so that, however much they may be weighed down by the burden of sin and the hindrances of Satan, they nevertheless may attain to that glory and knowledge of God's mind and of immortality and be able to believe that this statement is true and unshakable: "Death is a sport." This is what Abraham believed and felt, and with this confidence he conquered death. "My son Isaac, whom I am killing, is the father of the promise, and this proposition is absolutely true. Consequently, my son will live forever and will be the heir. Therefore even if he has to die now, he will nevertheless not die in reality but will rise again." . . . These things have not been recorded for the sake of Abraham, who is long since dead, but to encourage and stimulate us, in order that we may learn that in the sight of God death is nothing.