I’ve been trying all morning to think of what to write. My problem is that we hope that these Thursday e-mails will be inviting and tantalizing, that they will whet your appetite for what we will be doing in worshipSunday, that they will make you want to come.
There’s no way for me to do that this week. The “Family Story” that we will be considering is almost too horrible to imagine. God (yes, God!) will say to Abraham Take your son, your only son, Isaac whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him as a burnt offering… Abraham does as he is told.
I can’t make that pretty. Nor funny (hard to make jokes with Isaac – “he laughed” – trussed and bound on the altar). There’s no way to clean this up.
So, I’m not sure what to write that will get you interested in the conversation this Sunday about Genesis 22:1-14 other than to say this: perhaps it is only if we deal with this horrific story that we can begin to understand the decision God later makes to offer his son, his only son, the one whom he loves. Perhaps we have to come to grips with this story in order to appreciate fully the whole story.
So, I’m not sure what to write. Or to say. Except that I hope to see youSunday as we wrestle with this together.
Grace and peace.