Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
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.”
GENESIS 22: 1-2

READING: Hebrews 6: 13–18

The sacrificing of children was not unusual in the ancient world. For example,  the god El, from the Ugaritic pantheon of gods, was worshiped for providing  fertility and could demand that a child be sacrificed as a payment offering.  

But the story in Genesis 22 is not about child sacrifice; rather, it is a dramatic  account of how God tested Abraham’s love and trust in Him, and of how  Abraham responded in absolute trust. Abraham’s response so pleased God  that He took an oath concerning Abraham’s descendants and the future  blessing of the nations.  

That God would be moved to swear by an oath to keep His promises, shows  how valuable this act of faith was to Him.  


I am grateful Lord for Your character. You are wise, pure, holy and  loving. I need never fear that You will churlishly demand unnecessary  suffering from me. All that I suffer for Your name, I know, has huge  redemptive purpose and ultimately leads to joy.