Student Teaching in the New Millenium

The Sacrifice of Laughter and Joy (5772 Vayera)

In Genesis on November 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Laughter and joy
What do these represent?
Birthright, Legacy, and Life

II Kings 4:1-4:27
Genesis 18:1-22:24

A lesson of the Akedah is that human sacrifice is forbidden. God Himself will not ask you to sacrifice your children; why should you answer this request for anyone lesser than Him?

My teacher, he teaches:

Isaac means laughter and joy.

What does substituting the phrase laughter and joy for Isaac do to the story, for you? I am curious about what you think.

Has mankind learned this lesson of the Akedah? Do we not sacrifice laughter and joy?

  1. You had me running to my Bible to look. 🙂

    Marie Marshall

    • Thank you for visiting! Another question I thought of later was, although the sacrifice is called off by God, notice the following points. Isaac never speaks to Abraham again. Sarah never speaks again at all, it was the death of her. So, although the boy survives, did laughter and joy survive? Or, is this not a laughing matter?

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