One way to approach the epistle text for this week is to talk about the spiritual discipline of saying yes and saying no, an idea I was first introduced to by M. Shawn Copeland. (I find The Message translation of this passage helpful here.) God created us with the freedom to say yes and say no. But as Paul reminds us, we don’t always know how to use this freedom very well.
Could Abraham know that God is testing him? Or has he simply learned to trust God's instructions? I wonder if obedience is related to relationship, if God desires not mindless obedience so much as trust.
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