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You Want It Darker? Genesis 22

If you are the dealer
I’m out of the game
If you are the healer
It means I’m broken and lame
If Thine is the glory
Then mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Magnified, sanctified, be Thy holy name
Vilified, crucified, in the human frame
A million candles burning for the help
That never came
You want it darker

Hineni, Hineni
I’m ready, my Lord

There’s a lover in the story
But the story’s still the same
There’s a lullaby for suffering
And a paradox to blame
But it’s written in the scriptures
And it’s not some idle claim
You want it darker
We kill the flame

They’re lining up the prisoners
And the guards are taking aim
I struggle with some demons
They were middle class and tame
I didn’t know I had permission to murder and to maim
You want it darker

Hineni, Hineni
I’m ready, my Lord

Magnified, sanctified, be Thy holy name
Vilified, crucified, in the human frame
A million candles burning for the love that never came
You want it darker
We kill the flame

If you are the dealer, let me out of the game
If you are the healer, I’m broken and lame
If thine is the glory, mine must be the shame
You want it darker

Hineni, Hineni
Hineni, Hineni
I’m ready, my Lord

(Hineni, Hineni)

(Hineni) Here I am

Genesis 22 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 

2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

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  • Anonymous March 6, 2022, 11:55 AM


  • Anonymous March 6, 2022, 12:03 PM

    A strange and terrible passage, that chapter of Genesis. And yet, what is really happening there? Did God ask of Abraham something He Himself would never do? Abraham offered up his only son, and was blessed to see that son become a father in his turn.

    No; there was something necessary in the whole thing. The Creator of the universe would give His only Son – a Son of Abraham’s, too, let us not forget – for the salvation of all mankind. A Son who would go willingly, knowing that this time there would be no blessed ram to come and take His place. The first covenant was promise; the second, fulfillment.

    Darker, indeed, but the dawn to come will be that much the sweeter. And so it goes, turn and turn again.

    The darkness is heavy though, Lord. And the dawn seem so far away…

    • Carolyn March 6, 2022, 12:19 PM


    • Wilfred Ruffian March 6, 2022, 4:33 PM

      God was telling everyone that human sacrifice was no longer a thing. That’s it.

      • Vanderleun March 6, 2022, 6:28 PM

        If only the human race agreed.

    • Charley Hua Chu March 7, 2022, 8:25 AM

      I cannot exaggerate just how much I appreciate that explanation.
      Thank you more than I am able to express.
      You have given me an understanding of both the unfullfilled and the fullfilled sacrifices of those Sons.

  • Bunny March 6, 2022, 12:13 PM

    Not exactly a feel good anthem, is it?

    • MikeAustin March 6, 2022, 1:04 PM

      No. Now is not the time for such things. Maybe later.

  • Joe Krill March 6, 2022, 12:24 PM

    The DNA of Cain and the nephilim know that time is running out. “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.” The Mark of the Beast is being implemented and the people know it not.

    • MikeAustin March 6, 2022, 1:03 PM

      Apparently Noah and his family were the only men not to be polluted by the blood of the Nephilim. The rest were wiped out. But again the sons of Lucifer mated with the daughters of men. The results are what we see all around. There was a reason for the autos-da-fé in Medieval times. In their worldview it made perfect sense to burn witches and heretics and blasphemers—those who had consorted with demons and so spread evil everywhere.

      The fact that we moderns do not have Inquisitions or autos-da-fé is not because we are more knowledgeable, but because we do not believe in anything worth believing. What would the 15th century Spaniards have done with creatures like Hillary or Obama or Biden? When Cortez encountered the Aztecs and their bloody altars, their human sacrifices, their cannibalism, their public sodomy and their skull racks, he saw them for what they were: pure evil and Satanic. The Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan received what it richly deserved, and it went the way of Babylon and Nineveh and Nagasaki.

      Consider: What would a modern Cortez think of Washington DC?

      • Sisu March 6, 2022, 2:08 PM

        It is reported that in a letter to a friend and mentor, who was fearful and impatient, not knowing the outcome of the challenges Martin Luther had presented to the Pope, that Luther wrote:

        “Both the good and the bad are making use of the Word; as you know, it is not in our power to control … We will do what Christ predicted when he said that his angels would gather out of his kingdom all causes of offense. … He is doing this without us, of course, without the help of a human hand, solely through the Word. The Lord knows the end of it. The matter is beyond our power of comprehension and understanding. … Satan is feeling his wound; this is why he is raging this way, and throwing everything into confusion. But Christ who has begun his work, will tread him under foot, … ” (Luther Works 49:11-12)

        Then as today – Europe, thinking itself the center of everything with a “one world government”; and, Rome led and staffed by contemptuous indifference and mocking blasphemy, Muslims slaughtering and promoting a caliphate, and the “plague” rampant (and those were just the headlines).

        Romans 12:19 (primarily; but search “vengeance is mine” for other verses)

        Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

        • Mike Austin March 6, 2022, 2:54 PM

          All of Europe bends the knee to the “one world government” ideology. Europe may as well take her marching orders from Klaus Schwab. Rome—that is, the Vatican—is awash in sodomy, heresy, blasphemy and one-worldism. I write this as a cradle Catholic and Latin Mass lover. “Pope” Francis is a “new world order” guy, and is as much pope as Biden is president.

          • Sisu March 6, 2022, 4:49 PM

            And, one of my points was Leo was no different than jorge. … And, now let me state, based on your representation alone, in many ways you are no different than Luther, who remained faithful to the Roman Church, and did not seek its usurpation. Luther only wanted the Roman Church to actually read and act in accord with scripture.

            • Mike Austin March 6, 2022, 4:59 PM

              Martin Luther and I have absolutely nothing in common. I’ll leave it at that.

        • Vanderleun March 6, 2022, 6:42 PM

          It is interesting that the verse: “Vengeance and recompense are mine: their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their destruction is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them, make haste.”

          Contains the text for “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards — who knew about damnation.

          Their foot shall slide in due time. Deuteronomy 32:35.

          In this verse is threatened the vengeance of God on the wicked unbelieving Israelites, that were God’s visible people, and lived under means of grace; and that, notwithstanding all God’s wonderful works that he had wrought towards that people, yet remained, as is expressed, v. Deuteronomy 32:28, “void of counsel,” having no understanding in them; and that, under all the cultivations of heaven, brought forth bitter and poisonous fruit; as in the two verses next preceding the text.

          The expression that I have chosen for my text, “Their foot shall slide in due time,” seems to imply the following things, relating to the punishment and destruction that these wicked Israelites were exposed to.

          1. That they were always exposed to destruction, as one that stands or walks in slippery places is always exposed to fall. This is implied in the manner of their destruction’s coming upon them, being represented by their foot’s sliding. The same is expressed, Psalms 73:18, “Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.”

          2. It implies that they were always exposed to sudden unexpected destruction. As he that walks in slippery places is every moment liable to fall; he can’t foresee one moment whether he shall stand or fall the next; and when he does fall, he falls at once, without warning. Which is also expressed in that, Psalms 73:18-19, “Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation as in a moment!”

          3. Another thing implied is that they are liable to fall of themselves, without being thrown down by the hand of another. As he that stands or walks on slippery ground, needs nothing but his own weight to throw him down.

          4. That the reason why they are not fallen already, and don’t fall now, is only that God’s appointed time is not come. For it is said, that when that due time, or appointed time comes, “their foot shall slide.” Then they shall be left to fall as they are inclined by their own weight. God won’t hold them up in these slippery places any longer, but will let them go; and then, at that very instant, they shall fall into destruction; as he that stands in such slippery declining ground on the edge of a pit that he can’t stand alone, when he is let go he immediately falls and is lost.

      • Joe Krill March 6, 2022, 2:47 PM

        Mike, They were not all wiped out. The flood was a local flood.

        • Mike Austin March 6, 2022, 2:59 PM

          It was a world flood. Or Genesis lies.

          “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.”

          God said He would put an end to all people on the earth, not just a few in some locality. He meant what He said.

          • Joe Krill March 6, 2022, 4:16 PM

            Mike, It is a deliberate mistranslation. The flood was “localized”. Please provide me with the approximate date (within a hundred years) of the flood, based in the genealogy of Noah.

            • Mike Austin March 6, 2022, 4:57 PM

              No. As I have mentioned many times here at American Digest, I do not involve myself with apologetics. I was engaged it them for years, and the experience was neither fruitful nor rewarding. Such things are best left to Christ.

      • Fletcher Christian March 7, 2022, 7:17 AM

        Good question. Here’s another: What would a returned Christ think of the Vatican? Or, for that matter, the home church of some televangelist with half a dozen luxury cars outside, or the Mormon Tabernacle, or indeed any cathedral?

        • Mike Austin March 7, 2022, 7:46 AM

          I have no idea and neither have you how a returned Christ would think of “any cathedral”. Your phrasing is imprecise. I do know, however, how He would think of the Vatican. I know because He has told us.

          “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”—1 Corinthians 6:9-10

          That sums up rather nicely the position of 90 percent of all Catholic bishops and cardinals as well as the Catholic hierarchy in Vatican City, up to and including “Pope” Francis.


  • Lance de Boyle March 7, 2022, 4:03 AM

    Leonard Cohen on ‘You want it darker’.

    • Vanderleun March 7, 2022, 6:53 AM

      Nice find, Lance.

  • James ONeil March 7, 2022, 8:58 AM

    There are more things in Dylan and Cohen, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy, and then throw in some Bowie Blackstar….


    • Mike Austin March 8, 2022, 7:10 AM

      Gee…I wonder where the multi-degenerate Bowie will spend Eternity?

  • James ONeil March 8, 2022, 10:55 AM

    Damnedifiknow Mike. Don’t know where Oscar Wilde’s spending timelessness either. I figure that’s Someone Else’s judgement.