A Father’s Faith Or A Father’s Certitude? – A Sermon on Genesis 22:1-14

“Abraham offered a sacrifice on the mountain. The text says it was a ram. But what if it was more than just a ram? What if the real sacrifice that day was Abraham’s certitude? Maybe that’s the real the reason we can call him the father of our faith. He sacrificed his certitude of knowing the mind of God, and trusted the mystery and the silence of God. What about you and me? What certitudes do we need to sacrifice in order to be faithful, to truly be children of Abraham?” Fr. Mike

Interrupting the Silence

Proper 8A – Genesis 22:1-14

Sacrifice of Isaac, Akedah, Binding of Isaac, Genesis 22:1-14, Proper 8A, Sermon, Certainty, Faith, Abraham Abraham’s Offer by Adi Holzer, Attribution, Wikimedia Commons 

I don’t know why I did this but early last week I decided that today I would preach on the story about Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 22:1-14). We often call it the sacrifice of Isaac. The Jewish tradition calls it the binding of Isaac or the akedah. What in the world was I thinking about? The longer the week went on the more of a conundrum this story became. I thought of my friend Rabbi Joe. We spent time together at a conference last summer. I asked him what they, the Jewish tradition, do with this story and others like it in which God seemingly commands killing others. “Nothing,” he said. “That’s not who God is. We ignore them.” Then he went on to tell me about midrashim, the stories and commentaries…

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