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 16: Genesis 39-40; Matthew 11 Enjoying the Bible

Pastor Matt Ellis summarizes Genesis 39-40 and Matthew 11, and highlights some relevant principles and topics. This is all for the purpose of helping you to grow in your knowledge of and enjoyment in God's Word so that you can apply it in the power of the Holy Spirit. Access this Bible reading plan at: Old Testament and New Testament | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible You can also connect with Matt and others in the "Enjoying the Bible" audience with your questions and comments on my Facebook group page at: "Enjoying the Bible" Podcast | Facebook
  1. January 16: Genesis 39-40; Matthew 11
  2. January 15: Genesis 36-38
  3. January 14: Genesis 33-35; Matthew 10
  4. January 13: Genesis 31-32
  5. January 12: Genesis 29-30; Matthew 9

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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