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OK. So what about Abraham and Isaac?

I mean, don’t you question that story at times?

Did Abraham really hear God say to sacrifice his son? Seriously?

Did he really almost follow through?

Genesis 22:2 states:

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.”

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I think most of us, upon hearing such words from God, would immediately feel that it wasn’t God talking. It was some twisted something in our heads. But according to the verse above, Abraham really believed he was hearing God’s voice.

I wasn’t there. No one was. There are a lot of stories in the Bible we can’t understand. This is one of them.

There are many who claim, that Abraham knew all along God would change His mind. That God was only seeking obedience.

Again, I wasn’t there and neither was anyone else.

I still remember a Bible study where a woman came right out and said she thought the story was more symbolic and that this was a foreshadowing of events to come, the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. (By the way, I admire her for speaking up. I knew her to be an authentic, sincere Christain.)

There are some who say we HAVE to believe everything right down to the dots and commas in the Bible. And yet we know the dots, commas, and paragraphs were not in the original transcripts. While the original transcripts were without error, do we believe that every word that now appears in our many translations is inerrant?

Only be reading the original text can we really know for sure.

We should all things these things through for ourselves.

One thing is for certain in this text. Abraham was prepared to do anything for God. Because I know God would not ask murder of anyone, I believe Abraham knew God would stop him, even though it was at the last minute.

So many times we take a portion of Scripture and apply the wrong principles. We think because it’s in the Bible, it applies to us verbatim, just like it did then. The principles might but the action may not.

Think about it. How many times do you read about someone who murdered someone and claim God told him/her to? We know instinctively that that isn’t true.

For me, the story in Genesis isn’t about what God did or didn’t say and it isn’t about whether Abraham heard it the right way or not. For me, it’s a reminder that I am to be faithful and obedient where God has placed me.

We shouldn’t get upset with those who believe differently about this story. And I don’t believe there is a mandate to do the same. Let’s face it, we wouldn’t have so many denominations if we all believed the same way.

We are to be more concerned with obeying the principles laid out in the Bible than spending endless hours debating the particulars.

I hope this sparked some thinking. I do love studying these stories and really get into them. But I always remember that the stories in the Bible, especially the Old Testament, are laden with Jewish history and tradition of which I know very little. I always remember also that they have been included in God’s word for a reason. And that reason is to remind me of God’s love.

For me, I absolutely believe in the miraculous. I believe Abraham felt he heard God’s voice accurately. That he proceeded with his plans until God spoke otherwise. Isn’t that what we’re all supposed to do?

As Christians we are called to follow God’s leading as we understand it until He leads differently. Isn’t that exactly what Abraham did?

But I also believe that I don’t have to “prove” anything to anyone. I meant that is the definition of faith, isn’t it? Believing in something you can’t prove?

For non-believers to question why Christians believe what they do is no different than us questioning why they don’t .

God bless and have a great day.

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