Cedars of Lebanon: The Binding of Isaac
Even if God had asked our Father Abraham for the apple of his eye, he would have given it to Him, and not only the apple of his eye, but his life.
And it came to pass after these things that God did prove Abraham . . . (Gen. 22:1). What were these things? R. Johanan in the name of R. Yosi b. Zimra said: After the words of Satan. As it is said, And the boy grew up and was weaned (Gen. 21:8). Satan said to the Holy One, blessed be He: “Lord of the Universe, this old man, at one hundred years, has been granted the grace of a son. Amidst all his feastings, he failed to set aside for an offering to you a single fowl or pigeon.” God said to Satan: “All that he has done is for his son, yet were I to say to him, Sacrifice your son unto me, he would forthwith offer him.” Satan answered: “Prove him!” . . .
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