“He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.'” Genesis 22:2
“Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.’” Genesis 22:10-12
While I’ve always believed that Abraham’s faith was extraordinary in this passage, reading it as a parent gave me a different perspective. This act is unthinkable for two reasons. For starters, God has promised to make Abraham the father of many nations. It seems on first impression that God is asking Abraham to sacrifice the very means by which he will see the promise. Secondly, Abraham is having to sacrifice his own son. That kind of faith and trust seems unfathomable; but as far as we know, Abraham didn’t so much as argue or protest God’s instructions. He responded with immediate obedience and trust. While God didn’t ultimately require this sacrifice of Abraham, it did result in two things. It showcased Abraham’s desire for the Lord above all else; and it pointed forward to the coming of Christ, when God would sacrifice His one and only Son for the redemption of our sins. Even here in Genesis, we see the thread of redemption that is woven throughout Scripture.