December 7 - Isaac
Have you ever been asked to do something that is really hard and you don’t want to do?
How did you feel? Did you do it, or did you try to get out of it?
Play ‘would you rather?’ asking people to choose between two options and explain why
- Would you rather be covered in fur or covered in scales?
- Would you rather know the history of every object you touched or be able to talk to animals?
- Would you rather be forced to dance every time you heard music or be forced to sing along to any song you heard?
In our story Abraham is faced with a tough choice
Telling this story is very hard, but it was even harder for Abraham and his wife Sarah. After a very long time their son Isaac had been born and they were a proper family. God had made a promise to Abraham that his small family was to be the start of a great nation. Then, quite out of the blue, God asked Abraham to make an offering of his son, to sacrifice him.
I can only imagine the distress this caused the entire household, but Abraham absolutely trusted God and so set off on the journey with all the things that he needed and prepared to make the sacrifice.
Abraham and his son toiled up the mountain until they got to the place that God had chosen. Everything was set and
Abraham was just about to do as he had been told when he heard an angel’s voice telling him to stop. God was testing his friend Abraham to see if he really trusted him. It was a very hard test, but God was pleased and reminded him of the promise to make his descendants as many as the stars in the sky.
Spend some time in silence thinking about the story and giving God the opportunity to speak to you.
If you find this difficult then try listening to
some Taize music to help and
dialing down by focusing on your breathing
Abraham trusted God even though it seemed like a really bad situation. God kept his promise that Abraham would be the ancestor to a whole nation and Isaac was the start of that. Remember that when you have to do something right that is hard to do.