God Spoke to Abraham

God Spoke to Abraham

A Poem by Montag

from the Old Testament story of Abraham and Isaac


God Spoke to Abraham



God spoke to Abraham in a voice from above

saying, ‘Take your son

your only son whom you love’

Abraham went up the next morning to God’s far away altar

Abraham carried a knife

Isaac said, ‘Father, where is the lamb we will offer?  Will we not give God a life?’


They came to the place of which God had told them

Abraham busied himself with the wood

Isaac was bound; he became still and silent

watching his father prepare to do good


An angel appeared; Isaac was spared

praises fell down to the earth from the air

‘You fear God and obey Him.  You have passed the test

your descendants will prosper and be great in number

greater than all the rest’


This story reminds us to obey God and fear Him

that when God tests a man, it’s best not to be near him

and if you hear voices calling out from above

then make a gift to the Lord of whatever you have

and whoever you love

your descendants will prosper, though you may grow to wonder

if it was God’s voice you heard or just distant thunder


Infinite stars shine in infinite skies

for infinite reasons why

the stars ask only, as we decide what is known

we take care to distinguish

God’s voice from our own

© 2021 Montag

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Added on June 10, 2021
Last Updated on June 10, 2021
Tags: religion, God, Abraham, Abraham and Isaac



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