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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Abraham is Told to Sacrifice Isaac

    Today’s Reading:
  • Genesis 20:1-22:24
  • Proverbs 2:16-22
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Genesis 20:1-22:24
Abraham did it again! Once again he visited a strange land and insisted on calling Sarah his sister and allowed her to be taken as a wife to the king. It baffles me, because if Abraham has enough faith to sacrifice his own son, shouldn’t he have enough faith to trust the Lord to protect him and his wife?

This reading also saw the birth of Isaac from Abraham and Sarah, just as God had promised. Chapter 22 contains the famous story of how God told Abraham to go sacrifice Isaac, and Abraham proceeded to do so without question. Can you even imagine sacrificing one of your children? I know that God sacrificed Jesus, and that is such a powerful sacrifice. I know as a parent, my greatest fear is that one of my children will die before me, because I don’t think I could bear it. Even if God came down and stared me in the face, I’m not sure if I could sacrifice my own child. Okay, I'm sure I would obey, but I still can't imagine. No wonder Abraham was so special, and so blessed. And thank God he didn’t have to go through with the sacrifice!  

Proverbs 2:16-22
Here is more on living a righteous life. This time it remarks on the promiscuous woman, and how men who enter her house ride the road to death. I don’t have much more to say about this one, except that I don't intend to ever be the promiscuous woman who “abandon[s] her husband” (2:17).

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