Early every morning, the local muezzin begins his call, asking all those who hear him to pray. I’ve lived here long enough now, that it doesn’t usually wake me up anymore. However, this morning was a little different. The call was markedly louder than usual and the usual muezzin was replaced by someone very talented in his singing/chanting. Today marks the day thousands of sheep will lose their lives as local Muslims commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice and the end of the hajj to Mecca. Some have fasted the day before, believing that doing so will absolve them from the sins of the past year.
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Leviticus isn’t my favorite book of the Bible to read. It’s a close second to Numbers with all its so-and-so was the father of this other guy who also had sons. But in Leviticus its the size and make up of curtains and boxes and lamp stands and lots of dead animals and their blood.
Generally speaking I’m not a fan of gore. My husband has to tell me when to look after something gruesome stays on the TV screen for more than split second. It makes me feel queasy. And it stays in my brain for a long time and will show up in my dreams.
So naturally, I skim those parts with all the animal killing.
But there is beauty even in something so ugly.
This is part 3 of the Dream Killer series. It is not for the faint of heart, but for those truly wanting their faith to grow. If you haven’t already, please read Part 1 and Part 2q before reading this.
Our “Isaacs” are the heart sacrifices we make when we choose to relinquish control and honor God with our choices even when all seems lost. We have to decide if we will let go of our control over a person, situation, or event, or if we will hang on for dear life and refuse to relinquish something we cherish. Carol Kent When I Lay My Isaac Down
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. (Genesis 12:1, 2, 4, 5 NIV)