The story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac is a story that sounds horrific to us, especially if we’re parents. The fact that God stopped Abraham before he actually killed his son is almost beside the point. We think, “How could God let him believe he needed to kill his own son, even for a minute?” and “How could Abraham contemplate, even for second, doing such a terrible thing?” Those are fair questions, but ultimately the story is about knowing why, and to what extent, a person loves and obeys God.
Every parent — both fathers and mothers — says they would die for their children. Most almost certainly would. However, after contemplating this passage, how many parents live in such a way that their children know, with absolute certainty, that their parents love, obey and follow God, even when doing so is difficult?