Elderlite, Assuredly, Abraham didn't know the full import of what he was involved in any more than did Jesus sweating blood in the Garden"Father everything is possible to you, .. yet let not my will but yours be done..." How could this catastrophe be anything but a disaster?
As everyone points out and as every reference to the test indicats--Abraham only thought of one thing when he was asked --but even the WTS acknowledged the words are very distinct--The only question remainsis one ----WHY WOULD WE RATHER HAVE GOD ASK FOR BLOOD SPECIFICALLY? What is up with that
Do we love the bloody God we love to hate? Are we afraid that the Bible might, just might, allow that hidden in the miserable stinking lives of the Patriarchs there always was this God parleying with them for mercy, not sacrifice?
Jesus TOTALLY got it.... WHY CAN'T WE?