Abe’s Lesson

Many people in our day think God is cruel and savage, especially taking into account the Old Testament sacrifices. I have had this question lingering in the back of my mind for years, Why did God ask Abraham to sacrifice Isaac?

I know the commonly taught theory, the action is a picture of God providing Jesus as a sacrifice for us, but what was the significance for it in Abrahams time?

The more I contimplate this, the more I think it was to show Abraham and his household that the God he followed was a different kind of God. He wanted Abraham to realize He was not like the god’s of the area.

We know from Joshua 24:2 that Abraham was a worshipper of other god’s. “And Joshua said to all the people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, from ancient times your father’s lived beyond the river, namely, Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, and they serve other gods.'”

We can deduce from the fact that Abraham willingly took his son without question to sacrifice, that he was familiar with the worship practice of the land of child sacrifice.

I believe that God had Abraham take his son to show him and his household that He is a God who cherishes life, not destroys, and that He does not need a sacrifice, but will provide His own, unlike the other god’s.

God was begining the nation of Israel through Abraham and wanted this nation to have different practices of worship, drawing people to Him.

Isaiah 55:9 says, “My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” God’s actions are sometimes questionable in our minds, but they are always for a good purpose, even if we can not comprehend.

Father, forgive us for thinking Your ways are cruel and help us to trust the fact that You are loving God who cherishes life. In the name of Jesus, I pray.


8 thoughts on “Abe’s Lesson

  1. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son to proove his love and trust in him, and when Abraham did as god asked he was rewarded ten fold. God need not have asked Abraham to do anything he could have taken his son any time. God showed his love for Abraham by asking him to show his love and loyalty which he did.


  2. Although I don’t disagree with your point and your thoughts I think the writer was trying to make another point which is also just as true. Just saying


  3. It was a test of Abraham’s faith. In trusting God, how far would he go?

    “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up
    his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.” — Hebrews 11:17-19, NKJV.

    In offering up his only son, his faith in God was proved to be absolute. (Gen.22.)

    Abraham’s faith was such that, even if he had sacrificed Isaac, he believed the Lord would keep His word and raise Isaac from the dead (Hebrews 11:17–19). God uses Abraham’s faith as an example of the type of faith required for salvation. Genesis 15:6 says, “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” This truth is the basis of the Christian faith, as reiterated in Romans 4:3 and James 2:23. The righteousness that was credited to Abraham is the same righteousness credited to us when we receive by faith the sacrifice God provided for our sins—Jesus Christ.


    1. Yes it was a test in Abrahams faith, but there can also be more than one reason for what is being taught. Abe was the leader of the beginings of a new nation, even though it was only his family, and God wanted his family to follow the true God not the false god’s of the land. So God was also teaching Abraham at that time in his life that He was a God unlike the god’s he had been serving. He would provide His own sacrifices and not ask people to sacrifice their children because He is a God who cherishes life, unlike the god’s of the land.


  4. I was responding to your query: Why did God ask Abraham to sacrifice Isaac?

    As usual, the Scriptures are self-sufficient . The answer is stated in Scripture (Hebrews 11:17-19).

    While what you have presented may be true, can we have the scripture passages which attest to that fact?


      1. They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. — Jeremiah 32:35, ESV.


  5. You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. — Leviticus 18:21, ESV.

    There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer…Deuteronomy 18:20, ESV.


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