Sunday’s Old Testament reading (Genesis) comes after chapters and chapters about Abraham. The stories start with God calling Abraham to leave his home and follow God, and repeatedly show Abraham’s faithfulness to God – even when Abraham doesn’t really understand what God is doing.
Through all of it, God keeps promising Abraham that no one will be able to count his descendants. Which is kind of odd, since Abraham and his wife Sarah have no children and are well past their child-bearing years.
So where does Isaac fit in? He’s the promised kid. All of those countless descendants will have to come from Isaac.
And then God tells Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.
That makes no sense.
More on this tomorrow.