Letter to Silas Smith, 26 September 1833

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given them to understand by anything heretofore revealed that He  had ceased to speak, forever, to his creatures, when sought unto  in a proper manner, why should it be thought a thing incredible  that He should be pleased to speak again, in these last days  for their salvation?
Perhaps you may be surprised at this  assertion. That I should say for the salvation of his creatures  in these last days, since we have already in our possession a  vast volume of his word, which he has previously given
But you will admit that the word spoken to Noah was not suf ficient for Abraham, or it was not required of <him> to leave the land of his  nativity, and seek an inheritance in a strange country upon the word  spoken to Noah, but, for himself he obtained promises from the  hand of the Lord, and walked in that perfection that he was called  the friend of God.
Isaac, the promised seed, was not required to rest  his hope alone upon the promises made to his father Abraham, but  was privileged with the assurance of his approbation in the sight of  Heaven, by the direct voice of the Lord to him.
If one man can  live upon the revelations to another, might I not with propriety ask,  why the necessity then, of the Lord’s speaking to Isaac as he did, as  is recorded in the twenty sixth chapter of Genesis? For the Lord there  repeats, or rather, promises again to perform the oath which he had  previously sworn to Abraham, and why this repetition to Isaac?  Why was not the first promise as sure for Isaac as it was for Abraham?  Was not Isaac Abraham’s son, and could he not place implicit  confidence in the veracity of his father as <being> a man of God?
Perhaps you may say that he was a very peculiar man, and different  from men in these last days, consequently the Lord favored him  with blessings, peculiar and different, as he was different from men  in this age.
I admit that he was a peculiar man, and was  not only peculiarly blessed, but greatly blessed.
But all  the peculiarity that I can discover in the man, or all the dif ference between him and men in this age, is, that he was  more holy and more perfect before God, and came to Him with  a purer heart, and more faith than men in this day.
The same might be said on the subject of Jacob’s history.  Why was it that the Lord spake to him concerning the same promise,  after He had made it once to Abraham, and renewed it to  Isaac? Why could not Jacob rest contented upon the word  spoken to his fathers? When the time of the promise drew nigh  for the deliverance of the children of Israel from the land of [p. 3]
given them to understand by anything heretofore revealed that He had ceased to speak, forever, to his creatures, when sought unto in a proper manner, why should it be thought a thing incredible that He should be pleased to speak again, in these last days for their salvation?
Perhaps you may be surprised at this assertion. That I should say for the salvation of his creatures in these last days, since we have already in our possession a vast volume of his word, which he has previously given
But you will admit that the word spoken to Noah was not sufficient for Abraham, or it was not required of him to leave the land of his nativity, and seek an inheritance in a strange country upon the word spoken to Noah, but, for himself he obtained promises from the hand of the Lord, and walked in that perfection that he was called the friend of God.
Isaac, the promised seed, was not required to rest his hope alone upon the promises made to his father Abraham, but was privileged with the assurance of his approbation in the sight of Heaven, by the direct voice of the Lord to him.
If one man can live upon the revelations to another, might I not with propriety ask, why the necessity then, of the Lord’s speaking to Isaac as he did, as is recorded in the twenty sixth chapter of Genesis? For the Lord there repeats, or rather, promises again to perform the oath which he had previously sworn to Abraham, and why this repetition to Isaac? Why was not the first promise as sure for Isaac as it was for Abraham? Was not Isaac Abraham’s son, and could he not place implicit confidence in the veracity of his father as being a man of God?
Perhaps you may say that he was a very peculiar man, and different from men in these last days, consequently the Lord favored him with blessings, peculiar and different, as he was different from men in this age.
I admit that he was a peculiar man, and was not only peculiarly blessed, but greatly blessed.
But all the peculiarity that I can discover in the man, or all the difference between him and men in this age, is, that he was more holy and more perfect before God, and came to Him with a purer heart, and more faith than men in this day.
The same might be said on the subject of Jacob’s history. Why was it that the Lord spake to him concerning the same promise, after He had made it once to Abraham, and renewed it to Isaac? Why could not Jacob rest contented upon the word spoken to his fathers? When the time of the promise drew nigh for the deliverance of the children of Israel from the land of [p. 3]
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