Part 3: Why Send & Sacrifice?

So far in this series we have learned why God chose Abraham. He exercised responsibility where others failed to. God called Abraham to be a father because Abraham chose to be a father before he ever was. Yet over the course of his story, God asks Abraham to do three tasks that seem counter his calling of being the ultimate family man: leave your father’s house, send your son Ishmael away, and sacrifice your son Isaac. What is God thinking? What can we learn from these undoubtedly traumatic experiences of Abraham’s life?