THE HIGHEST SELF-OFFERIGBY REGIALD J. CAMPBELLMIISTER OF THE CITY TEMPLE LODOTHE following sermon was preached because of a confession madeto me of mistaken loyalty on the part of one or two people,resulting in what amounted to a deliberate breach of the law of God. It suddenly struck me that beneath those unhappy historiesthere was something in its essence good and noble, and whichmight be turned to high account. The woman who shielded herhusband in his continued practice of cheating someone else, andthe man who was prepared to give up church and Christ andsplendid usefulness for the sake of a fashionable, worldly youngwoman, whom he could obtain on no other terms, were heredescribed. To particularise too plainly might have caused offence,so the lesson of the highest self-offering was pointed out throughother livesX" And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay hisson. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said,Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am 1. And he said, Lay not thyhand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him : For now I knowthat thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine onlyson, from me." GEESIS xxii. 10, n, 12.HERE is an instructive, and, rightly understood, aninspiring incident, and yet it is one to which justicehas seldom been done. Much has been spoken andwritten concerning it, but the commentators haveoften wandered sadly from the point. Even KingJames's translators appear to have misunderstood oronly partially comprehended the significance of it.