The Jesse Tree–Day Five

Today’s reading (Genesis 22:1-19) was entitled “Isaac and Rebekah,” but to be fair, it was really just about Isaac. The Bible reading was about Abraham offering Isaac as a sacrifice, and at what seemed like the last minute, God providing a ram. There’s a part of me that always hates reading this story with my children, lest they think God might ask their parents to sacrifice them. To their credit, however, their minds have never even gone there, (I guess it helps that we’re no longer expected to offer any kind of burnt offering!), so the uncomfortability with this story is totally my own. The reading is, of course, excellent foreshadowing of Christ’s own sacrifice for us.

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