But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.’ And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt-offering instead of his son. Genesis 22:11-13
Reading this story with the kids last night, we wondered what might have happened if Abraham hadn’t heard the angel telling him to stop, and had gone on to sacrifice Isaac. J’s suggestion – God would have made the ram into the father of a great nation of rams.
Can’t help wondering if that would have been a better outcome.