5. Genesis 22:2 God gave this commandment as a test of Abraham's faith: did Abraham place God first in his life, or did he value his son more highly than God? Since this was a direct command from God, Abraham was right to obey it - he knew that God was trustworthy and would not require him to do wrong. He demonstrated his faith by preparing to make the sacrifice; yet before he carried it out, God stopped him and told him not to kill Isaac. Clearly God did not want the sacrifice itself, or he would not have prevented it from happening. See also the article on Abraham and Isaac .