The word "let" often implies action. In the Bible we read, "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light" (Gen. 1:3). God's letting was a powerful act. It produced a powerful effect.

When Christ Jesus called Lazarus to come out of the grave, "he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go" (John 11:44). Whether we view this scene literally or spiritually, those who were standing by, thinking of Lazarus as a mortal who had been dead four days, needed this prodding into action in order to come out of their own misconception of him and see him alive. Jesus could have untied the graveclothes himself. But he demanded this mental, as well as physical, action of Lazarus' loved ones.

January 13, 1962

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