Most parents, out of love for their children, would do anything, give anything for them – they’d sacrifice themselves if they had to.
Does God see us as his children and would he do that for us?
Why did God ask Abraham to sacrifice his promised son? “Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” Genesis 22:2
Did God do it to test Abraham? Abraham trusted God. The ancient believers knew about the resurrection and no doubt Abraham believed God would resurrect Isaac.
One reason as to why God would ask Abraham to offer his son might have been the repugnant Canaanite practice of child sacrifice. God was showing he didn’t want children sacrificed! He hated the practice. God was the one who was going to make a supreme sacrifice.
One clue pointing to God’s ultimate sacrifice is the location: Mount Moriah. It would be the site of the Jewish Temple and nearly 2,000 years into the future, Jesus would die on a cross near that mountain.
Isaac didn’t die there that day because God stayed Abraham’s hand.
God provided the sacrifice.
Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”Genesis 22
These promises, “The LORD will provide;” and “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided” point to the far off, future sacrifice of Jesus Christ, “The Lamb of God.”
“Jehovah jireh” appears only once in the entire Bible—in Genesis 22:14. It means “God provides.”
Today the top of Mount Moriah lies somewhere beneath the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock. The area remains a focal point of tensions between Jews and Muslims.
The Jews’ holiest site is not, as is often ignorantly supposed, the Western Wall. It is the hill behind that wall: Mount Moriah. Like a claw-footed dragon, Islam squats on Mount Moriah, forbidding Jewish and Christian prayer anywhere on the Herodian platform; lashing its tail at the very thought of our presence. And yet, this is the Mountain of the LORD God of Israel — His holy hill.Israel Today: Straddling ‘The Place of His Throne’