Abraham was no stranger to challenges, but everything he had gone through up to this point only prepared him for the ultimate challenge that his God would ask of him – offering to God his son, Isaac. Yet it is here, in Genesis 22, that the ultimate test of Abraham’s trust is spelled out: When God called Abraham’s name, he responded – “Here I am.” (Gen. 22:1). Like Noah, Abraham was willing and ready to answer God’s call immediately. He was his servant, ever-ready to do his God’s bidding. This story would come to epitomize the determination of every true Israelite to serve his God, no matter what the circumstances. Indeed, this faithful service to God is the ultimate reason for Israel’s existence. The difficulty of this tenth and final test lay not only in Abraham’s love for his son Isaac, but also in the promises that God had given Abraham in connection with him. If Isaac was to die, those promises could never be fulfilled. What is Abraham to make of the words of his God? Visit our certificate in the Hebrew Bible Course collection.

The Demand

We read in Genesis 22:2-4:

וַיֹּאמֶר קַח־נָא אֶת־בִּנְךָ אֶת־יְחִידְךָ אֲשֶׁר־אָהַבְתָּ אֶת־יִצְחָק וְלֶךְ־לְךָ אֶל־אֶרֶץ הַמֹּרִיָּה וְהַעֲלֵהוּ שָׁם לְעֹלָה עַל אַחַד הֶהָרִים אֲשֶׁר אֹמַר אֵלֶיךָ׃

And He said, “Take your son, your fa­vored one, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the heights that I will point out to you.” (Gen. 22:2)

The order of the Hebrew is “your son, your favored one, the one whom you love, Isaac,” indicating increasing tension. The expression “go” or “get going” לֶךְ־לְךָ (lekh lekha), which previously occurred only in Genesis 12:1, the initial divine command to Abraham, connects this story to the very beginning of Abraham’s dealings with his God. Note also the parallel between “on one of the heights that I will point out to you” in this verse with “to the land that I will show you” in Genesis 12:1. All these stories form one coherent narrative of the faith and trust relationship between Israel and her God.

Of course, Isaac was not the only son of Abraham. Ishmael was both his son, and was acknowledged by God as such, but here Abraham is told to take his son, the only son, whom he loves – Isaac. While Ishmael was also blessed by God due to being Abraham’s son, it was Isaac who was the sign of God’s ultimate commitment to him.

The giving of Isaac to Abraham in the most improbable of circumstances possibly produced in Abraham (along with prophetic statements about Isaac) an exceptional love and hope for this son born to Sarah. Will the child of “laughter” now turn into the child of “sadness”? Were Abraham and his family simply part of some crude, heavenly experiment? Abraham did not know. But he trusted God. So early the next morning, Abraham saddled his ass and took with him his two servants and his son Isaac. He split the wood for the burnt offering, and set out for the place that God had told him about (Gen. 22:3). It is clear that Isaac is singled out as Abraham’s most “treasured possession.” Now he faced his greatest test – to give up the son he loved; the one he had hoped and waited for, for so long. Yet, it was not just the giving up that was difficult for Abraham – he had passed similar tests before. This time the righteousness, faithfulness and goodness of Abraham’s God – his reputation – was at stake. Visit our certificate in the Hebrew Bible Course collection.

The Chosen Mountain

בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁלִישִׁי וַיִּשָּׂא אַבְרָהָם אֶת־עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא אֶת־הַמָּקוֹם מֵרָחֹק׃

On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place from afar. (Gen. 22:4)  

The journey to the mountain of God’s choosing, “Moriah” מֹּרִיָּה (Moriah), took three days. The third day must have been the most difficult. Abraham actually saw the very place where he needed to kill his Isaac, just as he would an animal sacrifice, and offer him to God. About a thousand years later, at this very location, King David bought the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite and built an altar to the Lord so that a “plague may be held back from the people” (2 Sam. 24:18-21). After David’s death, his son King Solomon built a glorious temple on the same site. We read in 2 Chronicles 3:1: “Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah…” The story of the significance of this place will not stop here, but we must return and continue with the story of Abraham and Isaac as they continued their journey to Mount Moriah.

The Challenge of Faith

When they arrived at the foot of the mountain Abraham told his servants to stay while he and the young man continued together. So he put the wood for fire on the back of Isaac (adding enormous tension to the story), while he took the stones he used to set fire and the knife for the killing of Isaac (Gen. 22:5-6). We continue reading in Genesis 22:7-8:

וַיֹּאמֶר יִצְחָק אֶל־אַבְרָהָם אָבִיו וַיֹּאמֶר אָבִי וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֶּנִּי בְנִי וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּה הָאֵשׁ וְהָעֵצִים וְאַיֵּה הַשֶּׂה לְעֹלָה׃

Then Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” And he an­swered, “Yes, my son.” And he said, “Here are the firestone and the wood; but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?” (Gen. 22:7)

The text emphasizes the pain Abraham must have experienced when the word “Father!” (אָבִי) were uttered by Isaac. Since the ancient text did not have punctuation marks, we must practice reading original Hebrew very slowly and with holy imagination, in order to feel together with Abraham, the redemptive pain of Isaac’s address, recalling perhaps all the faithfulness and goodness of Abraham’s God. This pain and sensitivity from an old warrior is epitomized in his immediate and tender response: “Here am I, my son” הִנֶּנִּי בְנִי (hineni beni). The ancient Hebrew divides up the dialogue with repetitions of the simple: “and he said” וַיֹּאמֶר (va-yomer), whereas today we might use different words.

וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָהָם אֱלֹהִים יִרְאֶה־לּוֹ הַשֶּׂה לְעֹלָה בְּנִי וַיֵּלְכוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם יַחְדָּו׃

And Abraham said, “God will see to the sheep for His burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them walked on together. (Gen. 22:8)

Abraham’s response continues with firm, consistent and modern mind-boggling faith that earned him his fame. Literally the text says, reflecting the Hebraic structure of the language, “God will see for him the lamb” or “God will see for himself the lamb” אֱלֹהִים יִרְאֶה־לּוֹ הַשֶּׂה (Elohim yireh lo ha-seh). This binding of the father and the son under the enormous challenge of God is evoked in the phrase “and the two of them walked on together” וַיֵּלְכוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם יַחְדָּו (va-yelkhu sheneyhem yakhdav). While nothing in the text indicates the age of Isaac, it seems he could have been anywhere from a teenager to a grown adult. Either way, he appears to be a willing participant, together with Abraham, in the sacrifice that his God has demanded (to whatever extent he understands the proceedings). Visit our certificate in the Hebrew Bible Course collection.

Isaac on the Altar

As we have already seen, wherever the great men of God of Genesis went they built altars consecrating new places to the worship of their God. This is no exception. What is different here is the intensity and difficulty of God’s demand.

וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל־הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר אָמַר־לוֹ הָאֱלֹהִים וַיִּבֶן שָׁם אַבְרָהָם אֶת־הַמִּזְבֵּחַ וַיַּעֲרֹךְ אֶת־הָעֵצִים וַיַּעֲקֹד אֶת־יִצְחָק בְּנוֹ וַיָּשֶׂם אֹתוֹ עַל־הַמִּזְבֵּחַ מִמַּעַל לָעֵצִים׃

They arrived at the place of which God had told him. Abraham built an altar there; he laid out the wood; he bound his son Isaac; he laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. (Gen. 22:9)

וַיִּשְׁלַח אַבְרָהָם אֶת־יָדוֹ וַיִּקַּח אֶת־הַמַּאֲכֶלֶת לִשְׁחֹט אֶת־בְּנוֹ׃

And Abraham picked up the knife to slay his son. (Gen. 22:10)

It is interesting to see how beautifully the author speeds up and slows down the narrative presentation. The relatively slow development of the story as they travelled to Mount Moriah took eight verses to cover (Gen. 22:1-8). The action picks up in verse 9, with the building of the altar and binding of Isaac upon wood, being described quite quickly. Then, in verse 10, the narrative motion slows considerably as it describes Abraham lifting up the knife. This is masked in some English translations (as in NJPS that we are using here), where the first part of the sentence is missing in translation altogether: וַיִּשְׁלַח אַבְרָהָם אֶת־יָדוֹ (va-yishlach Avraham et yado), literally something like “and Abraham sent out his hand.” Only after this does the text continue וַיִּקַּח אֶת־הַמַּאֲכֶלֶת לִשְׁחֹט אֶת־בְּנוֹ (va-yikach et ha-maachelet lishchot et beno), which means “and he picked up the knife to slay his son.”

So, whilst those translations do not really lose any of the basic meaning by omitting the first part, the literary skill and intention of the author who intended the text to have a slower, fast, and extra-slow tempo, goes unnoticed. The specific word used for the knife Abraham lifted up – מַּאֲכֶלֶת (maakhelet) – probably meant “slaughtering knife” and is connected by root to אֹכֵל (okhel) “food.” (Click on this link to take first steps in Reading Hebrew). Yet that kind of knife does not simply prepare food for consumption, but is actually meant to end the life of an animal. Hebrew is a root language, so we can see how words that are unconnected in other languages, like “slaughtering knife” and “food,” can be etymologically connected in Hebrew. In the language of worship, a sacrifice is just that – “food” offered to God for His “consumption.” So Abraham prepared the instrument of food for action as he stretched out his hand with a knife in it. (Let’s study this together in-depth! Click HERE. Will you do it?) Visit our certificate in the Hebrew Bible Course collection.

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87 COMMENTS

  1. God sees the lamb. Abraham sees the ram, not the lamb. God sees (no matter what our circumstances are)? One of the reasons I did not know I was a believer is because my faith was in what God sees (I don’t know the way). I had very little scripture and never read the NT. Am I reading too much into the lamb vs the ram?

    • In another version of the text, it says God will prepare HIMSELF a lamb for the offering. That is referring to Jesus. God provided Abraham a ram to sacrifice in place of Isaac.

      • Yes, but Isaac asked “where is the sheep?” He is looking for the sheep. This sounds like a different question (to me) then asking who provides the sheep. Perhaps it seems different because of my English.

  2. While reading this part of Genesis, grieved by what Abraham was asked to do. My spirit communicated these words to me; “Abraham moved forward to obey.” Somehow this comforted me, it communicated to me that faith is active, it moves; this time forward to perform an act.

    Thank you Dr Eli, for explaining this most difficult understanding about the fact that the sacrifice is connected to providing food, while there’s the aspect of a life lost.

  3. Great article Dr Eli, may God continue to bless you. I see 2 willing people here. Isaac silently agrees to be a sacrifice. He is saying to his father, “Father I am aware there is no animal besides me, so are you really going to sacrifice me?” Abraham understands too well Isaac’s question, and you bring his pain out so well and the additional pain that his son knows he is the sacrifice. No wonder there was earthquake when Jesus died, God’s pain must have been so great. Both sons willingly carry the wood of sacrifice.

    • Great connection Angeline. The Jewish Midrash Rabbah says that Isaac who carried the firewood for his own sacrifice is like one who carries his own crucifixion cross (Genesis Rabbah 56:3). Pretty awesome stuff!

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    • “Father I am aware there is no animal besides me, so are you really going to sacrifice me?” Abraham understands too well Isaac’s question,
      Where did this quote from from Isaac come from?

  4. God had promised to establish his covenant with Isaac and his seed in Gen 17:19, 21. What would Abraham have understood about the coming messiah, and could he have thought that it would be Isaac?

  5. Thank you Dr Eli for your excellent study. What amazing faith Abraham had in the living God to even offer the son who he loved at Gods request. And as were told in the New Testament believing that God would raise Isaac as the child of promise back to life. A faith that looked forward to the coming Messiah for he saw His day and was glad. Oh to have faith like Abraham. Thank you Dr Eli for this work.

  6. Please watch Bob Fitts video song called ‘Sacrifice ‘ in YouTube for a very touching visual of what Abraham must have gone through.
    As well as our Heavenly Father !

  7. Wow. What an awesome story of faith and love and complete trust. So many thoughts and emotions to process. Dr Eli, reading this article felt like complete “silence in the room” and holy tears from everyone reading. I don’t even know how to articulate what I feel and want to say. Thank you indeed. I can’t imagine writing this without falling hopelessly in love with God like I imagine all of us did. My heart wants to burst. I pray the Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will give His angels charge concerning Israel at this interesting time.

      • Thank you for these revelations. My thoughts on food aspect Abraham had partaken of the Fathers’ Love—fruit and was able to return that love to the Father through obedience as he trusted Him completely. Jesus was obedient unto death.

  8. John 6:51 may support your idea “maakhelet” is connected to “ohel”. Jesus sees himself as food. He says “…the bread which I give for the sake of the life of the world is my flesh”.

  9. Abraham was not the only one tested. Sarah never saw Isaac again once he left on this trip. Abraham told his servants ” I and the lad will go yonder and worship, then WE will return to you. Abraham returns to the servants, but text says nothing about Isaac. Next we hear of him, he is at Beer-laharoi. This episode appears to have caused a rift between Abraham and Sarah. When she dies, Abraham has to travel to bury her. Why wasn’t he with her? Also interesting that the phrase “whom you love” found in 22:2 is missing in 22:12.

  10. Dr. Eli, is there any significance in the Hebrew to the fact that Isaac was bound? All animal sacrifices were slaughtered/already dead before they were placed upon the altar, they were not ever bound. Why was Isaac bound?

    • Hi Debbie, the Talmud (Shabbat 54a) as well as a verse in the Psalms (118:27) verify that the animal was bound before being put on the altar and slaughtered. This is precisely why Isaac was bound, as a foreshadow of Yeshua who was bound (John 18:12).

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  11. The sacrifice of Isaac always puzzled me, but I have come to a conclusion which I think can explain all my questions. My first question was, “how come and Abraham did not doubt that he really heard G-d’s voice or at least that he heard it correctly, since G-d never required human sacrifices?” Instead, as he obeyed so promptly, it seems as if he was long prepared. Also, I realized that Isaac should have been a young man (as is the Jewish understanding), otherwise how could the father tie the child on the altar? (cont.)

  12. Without Isaac’s consent, it would be a rather grotesque scene. So, why would they both agree to that? Yes, showing obedience to G-d is an explanation, but… Is G-d asking a man to kill his son, much like the heathens did, a thing which He detested? Unless, both men knew/understood that, sometime, a unique such sacrifice would take place. Yes, I am suggesting that they thought Isaac was the promised seed, and I believe that this is very possible because… (cont.)

  13. …They knew of G-d’s promise for Eve’s sperm, Who would bruise the serpent’s head, and now Abraham (second ever after Eve) received his own promises about his seed. They also knew that the serpent would bruise the Sperm’s heel (meaning “kill him?”). Clearly, Isaac was a sperm sent from G-d, so why wouldn’t it cross Abraham’s mind that maybe Isaac was the one? And then there is the specific sacrifice. G-d is asking Abraham to offer Isaac as a burnt offering, an olah – H5930ֹ עֹלָה (Gen. 22:2). (cont.)

  14. This is the second time that this sacrifice is mentioned in the Bible, so Abraham knew of the first time, the sacrifices that Noah offered after the Flood (Gen. 8:20) and those sacrifices “reconciled” again the Almighty with humans. So, I believe that Abraham and Isaac thought that it was time for this final sacrifice that would heal the rift between men and G-d, and accepted to pay the price. And G-d honored Abraham and made him father of all those who believe, but revealed that He Himself would provide that Sacrifice.

  15. Thank you, Dr. Eli and thank you all the fellow readers who add more insight to the text through your interesting comments. God bless you all !

  16. Many new things arises and brings new revelation and translation that very interesting to learn from and believe in the mighty power of the lord that he is still in control.

  17. Dr. Eli, I am newly acquainted to your studies , and have learned a great deal. We were taught many years ago that Abraham wasn’t afraid of offering his son for sacrifice, as he believed he would raise him from the dead if he did sacrifice him.
    I have become greatly aware that some of the things we were taught were not really what they meant.

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  18. Hi Dr. Eli, In the preceding chapter, (21) Ishmael is mentioned as being cast out upon Sarah’s request, is Ishmael the excluded – the firstborn of Abraham (naturally) and Sarah’s adopted son according to surrogacy custom in the Ancient Near East?

    • Absolutely, Latuival. An ancient cuneiform Assyrian marriage contract from Kültepe-Kanesh, Turkey, dating to about 2000 B.C. (roughly contemporaneous with Abraham) states that if the wife does not have a child within two years, then a slave will be a surrogate mother, produce a male heir and then be given her freedom.

  19. This teaches us about any kinds of Isaac in our life here on earth must be offered to God, like possession, fame, family, career etc in order to test by God our faith and love for HIM if we want to used by HIM for the expansion of His Kingdom.

  20. Hi Dr. This is awesome, I read some other scriptures and they stated that Isaac knew he had to be offered. And was willing to GOD’s order. Impossible to try and understand how long that walk was. No wonder Abraham is called father of faith and friend of GOD.

    • And Isaac was definitely complicit, since his calculated age would have been roughly mid 30’s. He would be no match for his aged father if he was not complicit. It’s a perfect picture of Messiah submitting His life.

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  21. Why does God take so long to fulfill a promise to Abraham and Sarah for a son and then ask for the very son to be made sacrifice. Then Sarah leaves Abraham and settles in Hebron. Poor Abraham is beaten like dough

    • Sarah dies shortly after the Binding of Isaac, she does not leave Abraham. But yes, this is all a tough ultimate test for Abraham.

  22. I always enjoy your essays even (especially?) when I disagree for that challenges me to examine closely what I believe and why.
    We find in Hebrews 11:19 that Abraham believed that, even should he kill his son, God would raise him up again, a foreshadowing of the resurrection of Jesus.

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    • Judaism uses those figures too to calculate Isaac’s age: 127 – 90 = 37. But the Bible doesn’t say how much time lapsed between the binding of Isaac and the death of Sarah, so could have been younger.

    • Great observation Ben. In Hebrew, “yad” actually means arm (including the hand), hence its ancient Hebrew alphabet symbol of an arm for the letter yod. I agree that it is more reasonable that the nail would go between the two forearm bones; if it went through only the hand, it would not hold and it might have broken bones.

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  23. Art work can be misleading just as English translations are challenged to communicate emotions as very well described in the article of build up, slow, to the point. All new thoughts and excellent to ponder. Thank you for posting.

  24. Hi Dr. Eli…. Thanks so much for your wonderful insights into the words and narratives of the Bible. I spend my teaching career in the fields of Biology, Anthropology, Archaelology and Biblical Studies and have been teaching to seniors for the past 19 years. Nobody has mentioned the (continued)

  25. cultural context of the Abraham narrative, the Bronze Age culture of the Canaanites into which the patriarch stories are placed and from which they probably derived. This culture apparently condoned child sacrifice, as is referenced in Ugarit documents, archaeology, and depictions in Egyptian art, and is also found (continued)

  26. a number of times in the Books of Genesis, Judges and Kings. We know from other cultures that practiced child sacrifice, such as the Aztecs, that unless you were a prisoner of war, most people went willingly to sacrifice. The Canaanites might not have practiced this heinous act often, (con)

  27. perhaps only in desperate times, but it was done as the most precious offering to the Canaanite god such as Baal, and WILLINGLY performed. Perhaps this is part of the reason why both Abraham and Isaac were so accepting of God’s command, reflecting a religious practice of their time.

  28. One more point…. The willingness of child sacrifice in the ancient world, reflected in both Canaanite culture and the Patriarch narrative (and also practiced by ancient Greeks, Carthaginians, Incas, and others), is not that far from the present acceptance among many Americans of late term and post birth abortions.

  29. I have thought the same as Len for many years, that there was a familiarity of cultural context for Abraham that made it easier for him to accept this command. Without negating the ultimate and amazing obedience of his faith, maybe this was also Yahweh’s way of moving revelation forward regarding His true character. Otherwise, why would future prophet have Yahweh saying that child sacrifice never even entered His mind? Jeremiah 19:5

  30. Wonderful article. The title indicates it’s “Part 1” and I can’t find a “Part 2.” Could you point me to the second part? Thanks.

  31. Are “God will see for himself the lamb”(22:8) and El Shaddai (God the Provider 28:3) describing God as the Revealer of mysteries/revelations? Is that how He blesses? This seems different than accepting/believing what God says.

    • Elohim Yir’eh means God will see to it (provide); El Shaddai means God almighty. And God provides more than revelation; He provides even our daily needs. That is one of the ways that He blesses us. And we bless Him by singing His praises and proclaiming His magnificence.

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  32. It is my belief that the provision of the lamb in place of Isaac is an allusion to God sending his son Jesus Christ to die in place of man. Just as the lamb prevented Isaac from dying that’s how the death of Jesus Christ saved mankind from eternal death.

  33. One commentary said that one of the “servants” could have been Ismael. Do you have insights to this and the significance of two sons going with their father to this ultimate test of faith?

    Thank you

    • One of the Aramaic Targums (Pseu. Jonathan) interprets Ishmael to have been there (as well as Pirkei d’Rabbi Eliezer ch. 31, both circa 8th century). It is not certain why this speculation was included, but maybe the two lads represent spiritual blindness since they did not see a cloud enveloping Mt. Moriah like He and Isaac did.

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  34. The story of God,Abraham and Isaac perhaps could be seen as God and Satan in which like Job, Satan was testing God’s love for his creation and the Love and obedience God’s creation has for him. I mean this is far fetched and possibly a western style of thinking.

    • Actually, there is a rabbinic story of Satan meeting Abraham and Isaac disguised as an old man trying to sway them from obeying God.

  35. Why do we use the name YHWH instead of YHVH? Isn’t God name being spelled as YHVH in the manuscript a and fixed for no man could change?

  36. Thank you for the revelation of secrets of heaven, the crucification of Lamb of God….Holy and Glory to His kingdom, that He will come back to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end.

  37. Rav shalom aleichem. Patriarch Abraham was a man of sorrow. As if the offering test of his son was not enough, upon his return from Mt. Moriah lsaac vanished. He didn’t return with him. This drove Sarah into high depression she quite and left Abraham went to Mamreh

  38. This is a spiritual exposition of the word of God, we need more of these,Dr Eli more strength to your elbows and more wisdom of God be released upon you and the ministry placed on your hands. Shalom

  39. Gen 3:15 begins the plan of redemption. YHVH / Abraham and Yeshua / Isaac so Abraham and Isaac on Mt Moriah give us a vivid picture of the ultimate sacrifice for mankind’s redemption. The institution of Passover in Exodus 12 gives further guidelines to look forward to the ……….

  40. hope of a Saviour / Messiah for fallen mankind. My question: why has the world shifted focus from the plan of salvation to celebrating the birth of Yeshua when the Bible is silent about the exact time of his birth but gives details about the exact time a Passover …….

    • There was a Roman celebration at the end of December, and as the Gospel was accepted in the empire, the focus of that old celebration shifted to Jesus.

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      • Dr Eyzenberg,
        Could you give me some details of this Roman celebration as well as how and when this shift occurred.
        Thank you for your reply

        • Saturnalia was the ancient Roman festival of Saturn in December which was a period of general merrymaking and was the predecessor of Christmas.

  41. lamb should be sacrificed? There are more details about Yeshua’s death, burial and resurrection but very little about the time of his birth?

  42. Using more logical premises, the voice to kill did not belong to God but to a demonic soul who was exploiting the demonic customs and beliefs of the time to entrap another soul into sin. Abraham did, eventually, hear and conform, with relief, to God’s will.

  43. What we miss here in the Akadah is that just previously, Abraham sends his son Ishmael and Hagar off to almost certain death into the wilderness with only a vessel of water. Now Abraham is being asked to sacrifice what he now believes is his only living son and heir.

  44. There is quite a lot if info re John the Baptist Father serving in the temple being told that Elisabeth would conceive, Mary after conception vised her when 6 months pregnancy. Jesus born 9 months later. Then He preached for 3 1/2 years starting at age 30 con.

  45. He died on the daytime of the Passover. Placed in the tomb just before The 1st day of Unleavened Bread Started. Women left the tomb and rested on the yearly Sabbath. Next day in the morning the women purchased and prepared the spices then rested on the weekly Sabbath con

  46. 3 days later rose Just before the Sabbath ended. Women arrived while it was yet dark, The Tomb was empty . Told Mary Magdalene not to touch Him then Went to The Father as the Wave Sheaf offering and returned. Passover Spring Birth Fall Sept. All from scripture in Gospels

  47. DR ELI I am humbled by this piece of your article . Just yesterday we were with H E YOWERI MUSEVENI of Uganda officiating the HOUSE OF ELOHIM in ANYARA in Eastern Uganda . As I read your piece I came across the word ELOHIM and remembered the ceremony .

  48. DR ELI
    In 2008 by GOD’S GRACE I visited Jerusalem and we were showed the Holy place where ABRAHAM offered the son ISAAC . Your piece indeed makes me feel so good and a true believer of your explanation .

  49. i enjoyed this scripture and it help me to get more knowledge and to make my faith to be more developed from lower stage of spiritual life standard to higher,god bless you more and more DR ELI

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