How old was Isaac when
he was to be sacrificed?
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Question: How old was Isaac when God told Abraham to offer him as a SACRIFICE?
Answer: First, let us take a look at a few of the important Bible verses concerning God's command to Abram to sacrifice his son.
1 Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. "Abraham!" God called. "Yes," he replied. "Here I am." 2 "Take your son, your only son - yes, Isaac, whom you love so much - and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you."
9 When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. 10 And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice.
11 At that moment the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Yes," Abraham replied. "Here I am!" 12 "Don’t lay a hand on the boy!" the angel said. "Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son." (Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, NLT)
The Bible stories in children's books must terrify little boys and girls as they generally depict Abraham's son as a small boy when he was about to be sacrificed. The Jewish historian Josephus also wrote about this sacrifice in his epic work. His age at the time of the sacrifice is different than what most people think.
" . . . . and he took Isaac, together with two of his servants, and laying what things were necessary for a sacrifice upon an ass, he went away to the mountain.
"NOW ISAAC WAS TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OLD. And as he was building the altar, he asked his father what he was about to offer, since there was no animal there for an oblation . . . " (Antiquities (History) of the Jews, Book 1, Chapter 13)