This is Abraham. He is looking to God in desperation. Imagine you are Abraham talking to God. What would you ask him? How do you feel?
Hello, my name is Abraham. I feel lonely because I don’t have any children. But I spoke to God and asked him for children and he told me that I would have as many children as there are stars. That’s a lot of children! So I’m excited, nervous, but mostly I’m happy. I was scared talking to God. He doesn’t just call on the phone, he appears in the sky! When we finally get a baby, we will call him Isaac, because that’s what God says my first child will be called.
… Desperate, hopeful, I looked up to God in desperation of somewhere to pray. I had looked everywhere but there was no altar or temple. I sat there and listened, there was no response that I could hear. A while later, I spoke to God again, I felt a little let down earlier. This time God said “Abraham, you don’t need an altar or a temple to pray, you just need to believe in me”
I was very happy, pleased and joyful that God said I could pray without an altar or temple. Then I sat down and prayed to God.
Abraham stood thinking, looking up to God for help. All he wanted was a new start, what else could he do. He felt stupid, why did he choose to leave home. He was asking God if he could return to the people he loved. Abraham felt lonely and desperate, he was hungry and dirty. He had been foolish to make this journey without his family. Abraham knew he would find the answer by asking God for help. He would show his family how sorry he was for leaving without them. Abraham decided to go, he set off, he must find them.
Hashem my God, I am in desperation because I do not understand why you want me to kill my only son, that I love very, very much. You promised me that I would have na enormous Family and I waited 100 years for a son as Isaac, but if you say that I must do it, then I am going to obey your orders Hashem, because I know you are testing me and I know that when I am about to do it, you are going to give me the lamb to sacrifice instead of my beloved son.
If I was Abraham I would say, “Why do I have to sacrifice my son? I love him so much. I care about him so much that I just feel really upset that I have to sacrifice my son. I’ve built an alter, got married, and after all I’ve been through I now have to kill my only son.”
I would feel sad, angry, upset, puzzled and confused. “I am so sad that my only son has been chosen to be sacrificed.” When I tell Sarah she will be so upset.
It turns out that Abraham didn’t have to sacrifice Isaac. God was only testing how much he loved him.
If I was Abraham I would ask God:
– How can I serve you?
– What do you ask of me?
– How can I help you?
– Please can I have a child?
– Please can you help me in the times to come?
– Why have you chosen me to be the father of all nations?
If I was Abraham I would feel :
– Proud and happy God had chosen me.
– Confident to serve God
– Worried about the future
– Frightened about turning away from God
– Joyful when listening to God
– Confused about things God says
Puzzled, confused, upset, Abraham wondered why god told him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. He had promised him and his wife Sarah that they could have a son. That made Abraham feel so horrible, how could god ask him to do this? The more he thought about it, the more he started to cry. Next, he took his son down to the river. Just when he was about to slice the blade through the helpless boy, God shouted ”STOP!”
He was so relieved, he felt like he was going to faint. He’d proven to god that he was loyal to him. God thought, sacrificing his one son for me!…
If I was Abraham I would feel lonely and sad because, I wouldn’t have any friends, I would only have Sarah my wife, and he didn’t have any children. I would say to God, “please could I have some children, and can I have a healthy lifestyle and have enough food to eat”. When I knew I was going to have a child I would feel grateful and I would say, “thank you God”. When God asked me to kill my son, I would feel really sad and broken hearted. I would say, “Please God don’t ask me to do that”. When God said not to kill my son I would have been very relieved and I would say, “Thank-you God”. I would understand that God was trying to test how holy I was.
If I was Abraham I would ask him “Why did you tell me to kill my only son, I know you told me to stop but please tell me why you told me to kill him?” God would say back “It was a test to see how loyal you are to me.” I think before he asked that question he would be feeling worried. After the question he would be feeling relieved but quite shocked because he didn’t know it was going to be a test.
If I was Abraham I would ask God for a son and I would do everything God says. I would obey him and I would do as he tells me to.
I would try to follow the direction he has asked of me.
I would look up to heaven , whilst thinking and praying to God to give me a son. I would be thinking what can I do to deserve God’s help.
I would know God will answer my thoughts and prayers, to help me, because God is good.
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