RE Verse reading–Genesis 22:1-19 (day three)
He said to him, “Abraham!’”
Each of Abraham’s names for God—God Most High, God Almighty, God Everlasting, among others—arose over the better part of a hundred years from difficult, often violent experiences that progressively revealed to Abraham something hitherto unknown about the character of God. All of which is to say that when God’s Moriah directive came down, it didn’t arrive in a vacuum. As shocking and fearsome as this communication was, Abraham knew the one speaking––and that’s all he knew. But by now that was enough. Indeed, the writer of Hebrews gives us a window into Abraham’s thinking: He wouldn’t put it past God to possess the ability to raise the dead. So up Moriah he went. On the basis of what (or whom) he knew, he went where he did not know. This is faith.