NOT COMING TO THE RESCUE (Gen 22:1-18): 08 March 2009 (Second Sunday of Lent)
Sorry for saying this, but what Abraham went through wasn’t exactly cool. For decades he and his wife Sarah waited for you to give them a son. Finally, when Abraham was 100 years old (!), you gave Isaac to them. But then after they raised their son and loved him, what did you decide one day? You decided to put Abraham to this test; you asked him to give Isaac up by himself sacrificing his son on the mountain. You knew how tough this was because when you made your request, you referred to Isaac as Abraham’s “only son, whom (he) loves.” Talk about rubbing it in.