On Spiritual Desertion

“But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul…”

1 Sam. 16:14

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?”

Ps. 22:1

“And the Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:  But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not…'”

Lk. 22:31-32



Order of Contents

Article  1
Books  2
Of Christ  1





à Brakel, Wilhelmus – The Christian’s Reasonable Service, vol. 4  ed. Joel Beeke, tr. Bartel Elshout  Buy  (1700; RHB, 1992/1999)

ch. 91, ‘Spiritual Desertion’, pp. 171-93
ch. 97, ‘Spiritual Darkness [in believers]’, pp. 259-65
ch. 98, ‘Spiritual Deadness [in believers]’, pp. 265-75

a Brakel (1635-1711) was a contemporary of Voet and Witsius and a major representative of the Dutch Further Reformation.





Voet, Gisbert & Johannes Hoornbeeck – Spiritual Desertion  tr. Vriend & Boonstra  (Baker Academic, 2003)  165 pp.  ToC

Symonds, Joseph – The Case & Cure of a Deserted Soul



On the Father’s Desertion of Christ


Voet, Gisbert – Select Theological Disputations  (Utrecht: Waesberg, 1655), vol. 2

9. ‘Of the Agony & Desertion of Christ, Lk. 22:41-45; Mt. 27:46’, pp. 164-72

10. ‘Of the Same, Appendix on Sweating Blood’, pp. 172-88




“Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.”

Hosea 4:17

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together…  and ye would not!  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.”

Mt. 23:37-38

“Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine, and the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted,

Ps. 80:14-15




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