An Analogy

“Write me a blank check,” she says to him.

He thinks she is joking.

“I’m serious. I promise I won’t ruin you. Will you write me a blank check?” she asks again.

He looks down. He feels his chest tighten.

“Why? Why do you need a blank check?”

“You know I love you. Trust me. Will you write me a check?”

He is frozen. Fear. Confusion. Why would she ask me this? I could lose all my money. It took so many years for my investments to pay off. And it makes me feel safe. But I love her. I love her so much. Why would she want a blank check? I could lose all my money. But I know she loves me… Confusion. Fear. He is frozen.

He swallows hard. And trembling, he writes a blank check.

He hands it to her. She takes it and tears it into pieces.

And now they both know many things for certain.

And this is how I understand Abraham being asked to sacrifice Isaac.

(Day 6) “Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”” Genesis 22:7

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