The Un-Binding of Isaac

And Abraham picked up the knife to slay his son.  Then an angel of the LORD called to him from heaven: “Abraham! Abraham!” And he answered, “Here I am.”

And He said, “Do not raise your hand against the boy, or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your favored one, from Me.” – Genesis 22:10-12

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The voice of the Lord retreated into the parting clouds, the Supreme sound echoing off of the bluff.  God had relented.  A faithful servant of the Lord, Abraham was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice.  He had been moments away from drawing a knife across his son’s neck and burning him alive, all at the behest of the Lord.  The smoke of his progeny’s flesh was meant to appease the Almighty.  However, the Lord saw Abraham’s devotion and sent an angel to abort His own edict.

The muscles in Abraham’s hand relaxed, the grip on Isaac’s neck softened.  Isaac turned to face his father, rolling over on the crude stone altar.  Abraham looked at his son’s tear-streaked face.  In that face he saw the future of man.  The Covenant of the Lord was imbued in this boy’s bones.  He was his son…his dear, dear son.  Abraham cleared his throat of the dry Morian air.

“Hey-hey buddy….”

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