Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” Gen 22:2
Many are troubled by this scripture and wonder why God required such a thing from Abraham. The quick answer is to see if Abraham loves God more than he loves Isaac.
Some believe it is a test of Abraham’s faith.
God promised to bless all the nations through Abraham. He promised him a heir to inherit everything. Now God chooses to take Isaac away?
Hebrews 11:17-19 says by faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
So Abraham had the faith to believe God would resurrect Isaac to fulfill His promise.
One other thought.
Abraham lives in a time when child sacrifice prevailed. Most of his life he had no child to offer in a culture where everyone else did. Abraham and Sarah could not bring an offering and worship like others.
I believe this is one reason God chose Abraham.
Abraham saw the preciousness of life in children. He desired just one child to love and call his own, while others threw a child into the fire or upon the altar.
Procreative life is a gift from God.
Perhaps Abraham thought there must be a better way!
God reached out to Abraham telling him to get away from it all. (Gen 12)
Now the question and test of faith – does Abraham love his God as much as the pagan’s around him love theirs?
They are willing to sacrifice their children. Is Abraham?
Now do you love God as much as other religion’s love theirs. Many other people pray many times a day, abstain from certain foods, and are willing to die for their belief.
How much love and faith do you have in the Lord God?