They say I named the place afterwards,

after I had seen it,

the place God showed me,

where to build an altar

to sacrifice my son,

as He had commanded.

But I named it beforehand―



For God’s command revealed

that omnipotent as He might be,

He could not see the future,

and He could not see into my heart.

Yes, I could sacrifice my son at God’s command,

but if I did,

if He let me,

He would lose me forever.

I, His faithful servant,

would then reject my Lord

as unworthy of my faith and devotion.

So this test was not a test of me,

but a test of God.

On Moriah’s mount,


God will see


Keith Tornheim, September 19, 2012