2 minutes reading time (365 words)

Hard Questions about a Hard Command (Genesis 22)

Hard Questions about a Hard Command

2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you."3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. -Genesis 22

Have you ever thought about what happened between those two verses? 

Did Abraham sleep that night? Did he spend the night on his knees praying for God to undo this horrific command? Did he discuss this with Sarah? Did he sit up all night weeping while he watched Isaac sleep? We just have a lot of questions about this story. Although we don't know the answers to these and other questions, we do know faith is more than just belief; it is action. Testing and temptation are part of every faith journey. 

We love our children, grandchildren and families so intensely, so dearly and would never allow any harm to come to them. Could it be that God was testing Abraham to assure that his love for Isaac had not become an idol? We don't talk about idolatry very much, but the Bible is clear that we cannot worship anything other than God.

As we consider the faith of Abraham, it makes most of us feel smaller. We can't picture moving forward as God commanded and we ask forgiveness. We ask God to increase our faith.

Is the church being tested by the global pandemic? 

This initial reading assignment ends with the story of Isaac and Rebekah, a beautiful love story, but also another step in Abraham's faithfulness and keeping the promise that he would be the father of many nations. Much of the Bible is about humanity's rebellion and reconciliation with a God who relentlessly pursues and loves us. The Bible is a love story between God and his creation. I hope that reading the Bible together this year will be a blessing for all of us. 

Deception (Genesis 25-45)
Hagar and Ishmael in Huntsville (Genesis 21)


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Wednesday, 19 January 2022

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