Just like God tested Job and Peter and even His own Son.<quoted text>
You post quotes from a third party and you tell me to carry on a "decent debate"? Are you kidding. You maybe contributed max 5 words to the above post.
And, I don't care about covenant, Exodus and chronology. You have sex with your mom or dad or sister or half-sister, you are committing an incestuous act. And, the medical consequences are well known, physical and intellectual infirmities to name just two. Were the latter two not a consequence of incest BEFORE it was declared verboten? If God is God, could he have not found a better way than incest to populate the earth? How'd he make Adam and Eve? Why did He just not continue thus?
God asked Abraham to take what he treasured most,your only son, yes, Isaac, who you love so much- out into the bleak wilderness of Moriah. There Abraham would be required to offer him up in absolute dedication to the LORD.
I squirm in my seat as I read those words.
How could God ask that of one He called a friend?
Why would He?
Yet Abraham, father of our faith, didnt ask those questions. He just went.
Setting off as the sun was rising over the desert, Abraham saddled his donkey, hoisting his young son on its back along with a bundle of wood for the sacrificial offering. All the boy knew was that he was on an adventure with his father and a couple of servants.
A strange entourage trekking across that barren land.
Three days into the journey, Abraham spotted way off in the distance that place where all his dreams would die.
And still he went.
When his little boy asked,Father where is the lamb for the sacrifice? Abraham must have choked on his answer.God will yirah, my son.
Cant you see them?
Father and son walking together towards death.
How God must have loved His friend in that moment. Did tears spill from the Fathers eyes as He watched the determined steps of a father willing to let his own son his only son, die just because God said so?
At the last moment, God caught Abrahams hand in His and provided a ram caught in the thicket to sacrifice in his sons stead.
Can you imagine the worship that went on there on that mountain? Father and son, arms wrapped around each other in heart-pumping relief. Weeping, laughing, hollering, as shouts echoed off barren cliffs.
There was nothing tame about Abrahams faith!
He has 'tested' you ...
you have FAILED!
just like the pResident FAILS d-a-i-l-y ...!!!