What is the deeper meaning of Abraham and Isaac-the biblical narrative?
You do not mention the title of the book, poem or play you are working on, so I will give you an overview of the story of Abraham and Isaac in the Bible. Abraham and his wife Sarah were very old - over 90 years old - and they had no children. God had promised to make Abraham the father of many nations. Yet into their 90s, they still did not have any children. Sarah decided to hurry things up, so she made Abraham sleep with her servant, Hagar. In those days, if a slave woman had a child, that child was considered to be the child of the master and his wife. Hagar had Ishmael. But...
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The wonderful thing about the story of Abraham, especially being asked to sacrifice his son Isaac, is that it teaches us on several levels. It poses a quandary: Why would God ever ask such a thing—of Abraham or anyone? The conclusion is that when you get a ‘word from God’ (some do once or twice in their lives) you are empowered by God (not forced but given the wherewithal) to follow His directive just as Abraham did. But in general all the leadings of God are best followed (Ten Commandments, parable teachings, miracles, examples of godly men) in faith because you know that God is doing the leading and never misleads. The path He suggests to you is the path of spiritual success and spiritual prosperity. This success and prosperity is so important to God for you that He planned to give His very own Spirit (Holy Spirit) to those who commit to follow Him. He gave his own Son in order that all of this spiritual leadership could take place. This is God’s teaching in the story of Abraham—My promises are sure and I will never lead you astray, just have faith and watch what I do on your behalf.