One of the most perfect acts of obedience in the Bible might be the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac. As it pits the righteous sovereignty of God against what might considerably be the most heinous act of a man. It is the rending of the strongest bond, a father’s love for his son, by the stronger bond-breaker, the Great Father’s love for his children. The most powerful of bindings on earth, meets the more powerful of looseners in heaven. The picture of Abraham poised over Isaac is the picture of man poised over everything that matters. It places him absolutely in the moment where his hand starts to fall. And just as the point of a knife is to penetrate, the point of Abraham’s knife is this: Divinity only and ever penetrates man at mortality. Everything meets here. There is man and God and a mountain and an angel and a choice and now and nothing else but everything. The divine touches the mortal at the falling point of that knife. And at this exact place where heroes of faith are made, there is no more ought, there is no more should, there is no more thinking, there is no more morality, there is no more right and no more wrong. Abraham cannot and is not allowed to see what is beyond his next choice or action—these have become one in his moment of faith. He just obeys…now. So the question is: How obedient could you be?