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When God told Abraham to take a three-day journey and then sacrifice his precious only son Isaac on a mountain there appears to have been no argument, and no questioning of God, only complete obedience. As a father to four sons and one daughter I know I would argue with God if He ever told me to do the same to any of my children. For Abraham this was a test of trust, and an exercise in obedience. Significantly, God subsequently made a sacrifice of His Son, who also made a journey at His Father’s request.

What Kind of Father demands so much of a Son? What kind of a Son willingly obeys despite knowing the extent of the suffering that would be involved? And what can we do when presented with such an example?

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