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Sons of Sacrifice
by Wayne Blank
"O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me"
It was intended only as an ultimate test, but only God knew that. As far as Abraham was aware in the days just before, and as Isaac was aware in the minutes just before, it was for real. God may have chosen the sacrifice of a son as the test because it was something that He would experience Himself - God knew that, centuries later, near the very same location of Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, God would bring about the sacrifice of His own Son, Jesus Christ, and although in the hours just before His crucifixion Jesus may have had Isaac's near-sacrifice in mind when He asked "O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt" (Matthew 26:39 KJV), that was a Sacrifice that would not be stopped.
A test of faith and obedience for Abraham and Isaac:
"And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham:"
Fact Finder: What does the New Testament have to say about the near-sacrifice of Isaac?