"as Abraham might have mourned over the doomed Isaac"
The Sacrifice of Isaac by Rembrandt
Public DomainThe Sacrifice of Isaac by Rembrandt

One of the most famous episodes in the Old Testament, the story of Abraham and Isaac illustrates the loyalty that believers owe God.

Having finally been granted a son after decades of childlessness, Abraham, who has been told that he will be a "father of nations", is visited by an angel who instructs him to sacrifice Isaac to God. Grief-stricken, Abraham takes his only child to the sacrificial altar, binds him and prepares to kill him. But at the last minute the angel reappears to stop the sacrifice, telling him God is pleased with his obedience.