A postcard from the edge (Gen 22) – part three

This week, we’re looking at the (in)famous story of Abraham and the command to sacrifice his son, Isaac. If you’re just joining us today, you really need to begin from the start of the story on Monday. We began by asking: why would God ask Abraham to do such a thing? Yesterday, we looked at one part of the answer: God is showing (in a very graphic way) that as Creator he has the right to ask for such a sacrifice – unlike the pagan, so-called ‘gods’ of the region who regularly demanded child sacrifice. Yet despite having the right, he doesn’t. He’s different from the gods around. But we were still left with the question: why put Abraham through all that just to make this point?

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