Genesis 22

The Offering of Isaac 

This chapter has been used by adherents to the Abrahamic religions to validate Abraham as the father of faith by agreeing to sacrifice his son. But I find a moral problem with this chapter; Abraham doesn’t raise objections to this outrageous order he assumes must have come from his god. He doesn’t tell Sarah, the boys mother and deceives the young man to the end of this harrowing episode. He then separates from Sarah, maybe she filed divorce papers! How does young Isaac live cope with this trauma? Is he able to grow up as a normal child having such a horrid memory of almost being BBQed?

22 Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering[ so far I haven’t been offered a plausible explanation why Abe’s god loved BBQ] on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him[which mountain? Why didn’t Abe wake Sarah up? Don’t you think she could have found this order outrageous and maybe even told Abe’s god some piece of her mind? I certainly would have uttered a few expletives!].

On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance. Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you[someone tell me Abe is not a liar and deceiver? Why doesn’t he tell the men his true purpose of making them leave in the wee hours?].” Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife[If the idea of making a sacrifice of him isn’t enough he is to carry the firewood for making him BBQ! It’s like a cow carrying a knife to the slaughter]. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son[Abe, why not tell your son the truth? ].” So the two of them walked on together.

Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood[Abe is quite old at this time, are you suggesting Isaac just stood there without offering any resistance seeing the intention of the old man?]. 10 Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son[ I want to be told if this is not blind obedience? Even now in law you can’t say you were following an order from a higher authority. You have individual responsibility to do what is right unless we excuse Abe from such high standard we have set for ourselves. If then we must excuse Abraham, he can’t be the father of faith, for he fails a moral test on this one! Preservation of life!]. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”12 He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad,

Sacrificing Isaac

and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” 13 Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. 14 Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided[I need to be told the moral of this story. This is a case of child mistreatment. Is there post trauma counseling for young Isaac? How will he live with his father knowing he almost made him BBQ for his god?].”

v15 to 18Abraham returns to the young men and they wander back from whence they had come. v19 Abraham settles in Beersheba, in other words he doesn’t go back to live with Sarah. Me thinks he knew had he gone back Sarah would have raised hell.

v20 to 24 is another brief genealogy we are given. As you have noticed before, every time this is done we are being set up for something. In this particular case, we are being set up for Rebekah, who later on will be Isaac’s wife. These verses do not fit within the storyline . Of note though, Milcah is married to her Uncle Nahor, Abe’s brother. I think this thing runs in Abe’s family!