In small groups, read the passage and discuss the following questions:
1. Why would God’s command (v.2) have been so dreadful and incomprehensible to Abraham? See Gen. 15:4–5; 21:12.
2. What do we know that Abraham doesn’t? What does Abraham know that Isaac doesn’t?
3. “We will worship, and then we will come back to you” (v.5). Do you think Abraham really believes that he and Isaac will both come back, or is he deceiving his servants?
4. “I could never trust a God who gave such a cruel test”. How would you reply to this?