What If God Told You to Kill Your Son, Just as He Did with Abraham?
The Bible Is Chocked Full of Perplexing Stories That Are Hard to Understand
One puzzling story in the Bible is when God tells Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. What loving father would kill his son? It might be asking someone to make the ultimate sacrifice. However, Abraham is intent on obeying God regardless of the cost.
Three days later we find Abraham up on a mountain, with Son Isaac tied up and laying on the alter. With knife in hand, Abraham raises his arm, ready to plunge the dagger into Isaac. Just then, God says, “Wait, don’t do it. I was just seeing if you would really obey me.”
Wow, that was close. Then God provides a ram for the sacrifice instead of Isaac. Abraham proved himself faithful to God, and God spares Isaac. It was a test, and Abraham passes.
Jesus Is Our Ultimate Sacrifice
Fast forward several centuries to Jesus. Jesus is himself getting ready to die. He plans to go to the cross—for us. Surely, he knows the story of Abraham and Isaac. Every Jew knows that story. I suspect he wonders if his obedience to God is about to be tested just like Abraham, for he says, “Papa, if you’re willing, please cancel my assignment, but I defer to your will.”
However, God doesn’t say, “Hold on. This is just a test.” There’s no one else or nothing else to take Jesus’s place. There is no plan B. He must see this thing through. He must die. Jesus dies as the ultimate sacrifice to end all sacrifices. Jesus dies as the ultimate sacrifice to end all sacrifices. Click To Tweet
It is Jesus’s purpose to die for the wrongs of the world and make us right with Papa.
Jesus obeys. He dies. We live.
Thank you, Jesus.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.