THE BINDING OF ISAAC
After these things, God tested Avraham. He said to him, “Avraham!” and he answered, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love, Yitz’chak; and go to the land of Moriyah. There you are to offer him as a burnt offering on a mountain that I will point out to you.” (Gen 22:1,2)
When I first read this passage, I was struck first with Yahveh’s demand that Avraham sacrifice his only son. How could God do that? How could He violate His own prohibition of sacrificing human beings? Then, I was struck with Avraham’s reaction, as we read further into the passage: Avraham got up early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, together with Yitz’chak his son. (Gen 22:3) What must have been going through his mind, that would enable him to follow Yahveh’s command? So, I attempted to reconstruct the messages Avraham created, that convinced him to accede to God’s command.
“Yahveh told me, through Isaac would emerge many generations of family.”
“Yahveh’s promises are true and would never be withdrawn.”
“If I sacrifice my son, then he will be resurrected, because Yahveh’s promises are true and will never be withdrawn.”
What faith Avraham had for Adonai Elohim, the Lord God. I can only imagine the battle that he initially felt within and then settled with the faith he had for God. Then I thought: “How would I react, if Yahveh told me to sacrifice one of my children?”
First, realizing this question was irrelevant, as Yahveh had never made the promises with me that He made with Avraham, it would be silly to even think this way. So, with that thought in mind, I considered one of the promises He had made to me:
A long life.
A ministry, with His guidance.
A deep love with my beloved wife.
Eternal life with Him, after my physical death.