Sarah went to the town market and ran into an old friend. She was there because Abram was teaching his son about the ritual of the sacrifice and it’s importance to all of God’s children.
Sarah said “I love coming here to get fresh food. Let someone else knead the dough to make the bread. Today I will buy bread made by other hands.”
Browsing through the fresh fruits and kosher meats, she saw an old friend. “Elizabeth! Hello Elizabeth! How are you? I haven’t seen you since my 85th birthday party! Can you believe it’s been so many years?”
Elizabeth was thrilled to see Sarah after so many years. She asked Sarah if there was anything new in her life. Sarah replied, “Why YES … and you may want to sit down… I have a SON! Can you believe it? At my age, I had my firstborn and only son. Oh I know Abraham has Ishmael and I could have claimed him but I have my very own God given son! His name is Isaac! He and Abraham are very close. They do almost everything together. I sometimes wonder if Isaac would know how to make a decision without his dad’s advice. That’s good I guess…some boys ignore their father’s will.”
Elizabeth wanted to meet this miracle son. So she asked his whereabouts.
Sarah responded “Where is he? Well, you know this is the time of the sacrifice. Abraham loves that boy so much and he really wants to make sure that he teaches him all the ways of God so he took him with him. Did your husband go to make the sacrifice as well?”
Elizabeth said that Abram did indeed go to make the sacrifice but went alone.
“Alone? Well my Abram went alone all those other years but I guess now that it’s time to teach Isaac these things, they went together”
Elizabeth reminded Sarah that her husband wasn’t completely alone. He did have the sacrifice animal with him.
“What?” replied Sarah “Yes, yes, I understand just your husband and the sacrifice animal … the sacrifice animal … the sacrifice animal” She scratched her head and said softly to herself “I don’t remember them taking the sacrifice animal …hmmmmm….”
Then suddenly Sarah burst out with “Why look! Here comes Isaac now … I’ve got to go hear how everything went… you take care … bye!!!!”
She went running through the market “Isaac! Isaac! Hello son! So how was it? Did you learn a lot? Did your father teach you the ways of God and how the sacrifice is made?”
She could not hide her astonishment when she heard her only son’s response. The reply from her miracle child. Her side of the conversation was this.
He did WHAT?
Whoa, son, back up. Start at the beginning…
You left here WITHOUT a ram or lamb or whatever, uhhuh, then what?
You helped carry everything to start the fire, uhhuh, then what?
You got up on the mountian and you asked your dad where the sacrifice animal was and he said What???
uhhuh said that God will provide uhhuh, then what?
He did WHAT?!
He tied up WHO?!
And put you WHERE??
He was going to SACRIFICE, sacrifice, my ONLY SON! Unbelievable…
Leave it to a father not to understand what that would do to a mother, particularly at my age. Only a father like yours could think of something like that to do to his only child…Where IS he???”
She scanned the outside of the market looking for her beloved husband.
“Ohhhhh there he is…I’m going to have a word with him.”
She turned to Issac and said “You wait right here, I’ll be right back!” Then she hollered out “AB-RA-HAM, oh AB-RA-HAM, I need to speak with you…NOW!”
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