Why did God ask Abraham to kill his son?

Father and son on seashore

Abraham and Isaac

People often get misleading view of God because of this story. God's request does not seem ethical or reasonable.

“सरगे क राज्य उ राजा क नाईं अहइ जउन आपन बेटवा क बियाहे प भोज दिहेस।

( Ծննդոց 22:2 )

How it all started...

Promise of God

Let's go back in time and look into what happened years before. Here's what God promised to Abraham then.

मइँ ओका तोहरे चेलन क लगे लइ आवा, मुला उ सबइ ओका चंगा नाहीं कइ पाएन।” फिन ओकर चेलन अकेॅल्ले मँ ईसू क लगे जाइ क पूछेन, “हम इ दुस्ट आतिमा क काहे नाहीं निकार पाए?” अइसी दुस्ट आतिमा सिरिफ पराथना अउ उपवास करइ स निकरत ह।’

( Ծննդոց 17:16,19,21 )

God's promise is to establish a covenant with Isaac, the only son by Sarah. The promise is made before Isaac was born. So clearly, God's intention is to keep Isaac alive. However, look at how Abraham reacts to God's promise.

Abraham does not have faith in what God is saying.

जवाबे मँ ईसू कहेस, “अरे भटका भवा अबिसवासी मनइयन! मइँ केतॅना समइ तोहरे संग अउर रहब? केतॅना समइ मइँ अइसे ही तोहार सहब जात रहब? ओका हियाँ मोरे लगे लिआवा।”

( Ծննդոց 17:17 )

We do not see from Abraham actions that he has faith in God.

Abraham still does not trust in God.

Later, God reassured Abraham again about his promise. Now Abraham did not express any doubt about it even though Sarah did:

“तउ देखा, मोर ऍन गदेलन मँ स कउनो क तुच्छ जिन समइया। मइँ तोहका बतावत हउँ कि सरगे मँ बसइ मोरे परमपिता क लगे ओकर रच्छा करइवालन सरगदूतन क पहुँच सदा रहत ह। मनई क पूत भटक गवा मनइयन क उद्धार बरे आइ अहइ। “बतावा तू का गूंथत मथत अहा? जदि कउनो क लगे सौ भेड़ होइँ अउर ओहमाँ स एक भटक जाइ तउ का दूसर निन्नान्बे क पहड़िया प तजिके उ एक ठु भटक गई भेड़ क ढूँढ़इ न जाई? अउर ओका उ मिल जाई मइँ तोहसे सच सच कहत हउँ कि निन्नान्बे क बजाय जउन खोई नाहीं रहिन, ओका पाइके खूब खुस होई।

( Ծննդոց 18:10-13 )

Can we see now that Abraham has faith in God? If he did, God would not have to remind about his promise again. More than that, from the next verse we can see that Abraham still does not have trust in God and lied about Sarah being his sister before Abimelech king of Gerar. As if Abraham is killed, there won't be Isaac, and God's promise would be broken.

उ चाँदी क एक रुपया प मजदूर क लगाइके ओनके आपन अंगुरे क बगिया मँ काम करइ पठएस।

( Ծննդոց 20:2 )
रूपया तउ उ सबइ लइ लिहन मुला जमींदारे स सिकाइत करत

( Ծննդոց 20:11 )

A year later, God has given Abraham son, exactly as he promised. Did this change Abraham's faith in God?

Prove that Abraham indeed has faith in God far stronger than we can even imagine.

Years later when Isaac grew up, God has made a shocking request to Abraham. Now, Abraham responded immediately and did exactly what God said. Despite that Abraham deeply loved his son Isaac, the only son from his wife Sarah, he did not withheld him from God.

“सरगे क राज्य उ राजा क नाईं अहइ जउन आपन बेटवा क बियाहे प भोज दिहेस। राजा आपन नउकरन क पठएस कि उ पचे ओन मनइयन क बोलाइ लियावईं जेका बियाहे क भोज प न्यौता दीन्ह गवा रहा। मुला उ पचे नाहीं आएन। एह बरे गलियन क नोक्कड़ प जा अउर तू जेका पावा, बियाहे क भोज प बोलॉई लिआवा।’ फिन नउकरन गलियन मँ गएन अउ जउन भी भला अउर बुरा मनई भेंटेन उ पचे ओनका बटोरि लियाएन। अउ सादी क महल मेहमानन स भरि गवा।

( Ծննդոց 22:2,3,9,10 )
राजा ओसे कहेस, “मितउ, बियाहे क वस्तर पहिरे बिना हियाँ भीतर कइसे आइ गया?’ पर उ मनई खमोस रहा।

( Ծննդոց 22:12 )

It's a very significant moment in Bible, but not by the ethical aspect of it that draws most of people's attention to it.

At first, God knew Abraham and what he can and cannot do before he made the request to him. In the same way as God knows everyone else before any actions or words are taken place.


( Սաղմոսներ 139:2-4 )

At the same time, Abraham has faith in God, and knows that God's promises will always be fulfilled. Likewise, he undoubtedly knew that God will keep his promise to establish the covenant with Isaac and his descendants. Therefore, Isaac cannot die. Or, it will die but will be raised up again. Or, something else will happen as he fully trusts in God. Abraham says that both he and Isaac will return and that the sacrifice will be provided by God.

“मुला न्यौतहरी ओह प कउनो धियान नाहीं दिहेन अउर उ सबइ चले गएन। कउनो आपन खेत मँ काम करइ चला गवा तउ दूसर मिला आपन आपन काम धंधा प।

( Ծննդոց 22:5 )
तउ राजा कोहाइके आपन फउज पठएस। उ सबइ ओन हत्यारन क मउत क घाटे पहुँचाइ दिहस अउर ओनके सहर मँ आगी बार दिहेन। “फिन राजा क नउकरन स कहेस, “बियाह क भोज तइयार बाटइ मुला जेकॉ बोलॉई गवा रहा, उ सबइ अजोग्ग माना गएन,

( Ծննդոց 22:7-8 )

This demonstration of Abraham's faith is for us, readers of the Bible. So that we understand how faithful was the person chosen by God. And how significant the actions and faith of Abraham to all of us...

ईसू ओनकइ बुरा बिचार क समुझ गवा, तउ उ बोला, “अरे कपटियो! तू पचे मोका काहे परखब चाहत बाट्या?

( Ծննդոց 22:18 )

Abraham did not sacrifice his son. God sacrificed his...

While Abraham believed that his son will get to be alive at the end, he did not know how and when... Isaac was 'dead' for Abraham during the long 3-day trip to the mountain pointed out by God, and 'rose' on a third day at the end of it. God's Son Jesus got crucified and rose on the third day...

“उ आपन नउकरन क फिन पठएस, उ कहेस कि जउन मनइयन क बियाह क भोजे प बोलावा गवा ह, ओनसे कहि द्या, ‘देखा मोर भोज तइयार बा। मोर सॉड़ अउर मोटवार ताजा पसू क काटा जाइ चुका बाटइ। सब कछू तइयार अहइ। बियाहे क भोज मँ आइ जा।’

( Ծննդոց 22:4 )

( Կորնթացիներին ուղղված առաջին ն 15:4 )

Without understanding how deeply Abraham loved and feared God so that he was ready to sacrifice his son, we won't be able to understand God's love to us. He gave his only son to die on the cross for us...


( Ավետարան ըստ Հովհաննեսի 3:16 )