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? On Tuesday, we looked at one part of the answer: God is showing 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. And yesterday, we saw that maybe he did it in such a graphic, traumatic way in order to take Abraham (and us) to the brink – to fully appreciate an existence without a God who is loving, and merciful.
It makes us savour all the more how different our God is.