Sunday, May 27, 2007

Simply faith

Matt Dirks relates the story of Abraham's instructions to sacrifice Isaac and reflects on "simple faith in a confusing God":
The gods of Abraham’s Philistine neighbors would often demand sacrifices of livestock, grain, and even children to ensure continued fertility. But Abraham’s God… he’s different. Not arbitrary and impulsive like the others. He’s the one who supernaturally gave Isaac as a gift to his father. He’s the one who promised Abraham an infinite number of descendants through this kid. He wouldn’t just… just change his mind, would he?

That’s what seems to be happening. And what’s most amazing to me about this story is how Abraham responds to God’s bizarre command, acting in a way that goes completely against his character: he simply obeys!


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