Isaac's Sacrifice


Some time later God tested Abraham. God said to him "Abraham" "here I am," he replied. Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. He set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there, we will worship and then we will come back to you. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham. “Father?” "Yes my son?" Abraham replied. "The fire and the wood are here" Isaac said "but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering my son."  And the two went of together. When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham build an altar there. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out for him from heaven, "Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said, "Do not do anything to him. Now I now that you fear God because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Abraham looked up and there in the thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.