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“Then God said,
“Take your son,
your only son, whom you love
and go to the region of Moriah.
Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.””
Genesis 22:2

Whenever I read the story of Abraham being tested by God, my first thought is,

“I wonder how it would have gone if God had tested Sarah?”

Could a mother:

whose womb was empty beyond the age of human possibility,
who became pregnant as an old lady,
who felt her son’s movements in her womb,
who used more strength than she ever thought possible to push him into the world,
who counted his perfectly formed fingers and toes,
who nursed him at her breast,
who looked at his sleeping face willing that memory to be forever etched into her memory
who cleaned his scraped knees

… pass this test …SarahLaughed

I was reminded of the story of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac the other evening, as I was catching the first part of the Bible mini series (a five-part mini series, shown on Sunday evenings on the History Channel … but I watched it on YouTube). Although the account of this test that God gives to Abraham in Genesis never mentions Sarah, the mini series version depicts the mother-heart of Sarah in a way that I could relate to.

In this made-for-television version, Sarah realizes that Abraham has gone, with Isaac, to make a sacrifice to God.

Now these sacrifices were not anything new! At least as far back as the time of Noah, who, upon exiting the ark that had been the floating home of he and his family for forty days, and forty nights, “built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it” (Genesis 8:20). Leviticus 17:11 says, “for the life of a creature is in the blood,and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.

Blood, the source of life, for the sins of living.

So, when (in the mini series) Sarah realizes that Abraham has taken her son to the mountain, to offer a blood sacrifice, yet with no lamb to slaughter, she chases desperately after them.

I do not know if this happened.

I do believe that if she did, and if it were significant to the message that God wanted for us from this story, it would have been written there.

Perhaps, there is more value in there being no account of Sarah in this story. Perhaps, what God wanted was for those of us who are women, who are mothers, to ponder:

could we …

would we …

do we …

place God before all …

even our children?

*this is a re-post, of a re-post, from a few years ago. The story of Sarah, Abraham and Isaac have captivated me since I first heard it as a child.

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