Why Did God Tell Abraham to Murder His Son?

Genesis 22:2 (CSB): “‘Take your son,’ he said, ‘your only son Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.’”

I am dabbling in the world of podcasting this year. Each day provides a Bible reading and some of my insights into the text.

In today’s reading, we arrive at Genesis 22, where God tells Abraham to take his son, Isaac, to a mountain in the region of Moriah and sacrifice him. Honestly, this is unspeakably horrific. It also calls into question some of God’s divine attributes.

So, it is worthy of our serious reflection. We can’t merely write off this call to murder a son. We need to understand why God would call a father to do such a thing. I share my thoughts in today’s podcast.

January 28: Exodus 19-20; Matthew 18 Enjoying the Bible

Pastor Matt Ellis summarizes Exodus 19-20 and Matthew 18, and highlights some relevant principles and topics. Access the reading plan: Old Testament and New Testament | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible Join our Facebook group: "Enjoying the Bible" Podcast | Facebook
  1. January 28: Exodus 19-20; Matthew 18
  2. January 27: Exodus 16-18
  3. January 26: Exodus 14-15; Matthew 17
  4. January 25: Exodus 12-13; Matthew 16
  5. January 24: Exodus 9-11

Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on Facebook.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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