It didn’t make sense.

God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac, who had been an answer to prayer and the fruit of a promise and prophecy God made to him.

We know God detests human sacrifice:
“They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as offerings to Baal—something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind.” (Jeremiah‬ ‭19:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬). But that is exactly what God seemed to be telling Abraham to do.

It was a test; but it could also be argued that the purpose was more to change Abraham  than to tell God something He would already have known.

Sometimes what makes the trial of our faith what it is lies in the fact that we can’t figure it out. Will we still trust? Obedience wouldn’t be that hard – or effective in changing us – if we understood.

This kind of test draws us deeper into a relationship of radical, life changing faith. Choosing to trust changes our hearts at a foundational level: it’s when we trust in spite of what we see that we truly draw closer to God.

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