Many times my fellow Christian bloggers give me the inordinate blessing of leading me to consider more thoughtfully where before I ran roughshod, and so it was with a post I read today. It had to do with Abraham’s silence in the face of God’s demand that he sacrifice Isaac, a difficult passage to read, as TwitchTheThread rightly notes. Please be sure and look at the whole post but here are the crucial points concerning Genesis 22: 1-19:
(A retelling of the story of Abraham and Isaac)
A weary journey, a wakeful night,
They left their camp before daylight
An old man carrying the weight of years
Wrinkled cheeks wet with tears
At hearing the young boy at his side
Prattle on with childish pride
That he alone had been chosen
To help his father on this mission.
“Are we going to build the altar ourselves?
While you carry the fire, can I gather the stones?
God will be pleased with our sacrifice, Father,
Only where is the lamb we need for the slaughter?”
Abraham answered Isaac, his child of promise,
Miracle-born past child-bearing years,
“These questions can wait, just stay by my side,
And carry the wood, the rest God will provide.”