It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. -(Hebrews 11:17a)
This scene is known as the Akedah or the binding. To compare, think of how Americans remember the feeling of 9/11 – the tragedy, fear, and loss which etched that day into the minds of citizens for the rest of their lives. In a similar way that is how the nation of Israel looked back to this binding. It was painful, how could God ask Abraham to give up not only the promise of God, but his own son? The writer of Hebrews delves into this emotional episode to reveal how Abraham could do such a thing.