The Samaritan woman at the well – Highway 61 Revisited

David Fincham reflects on the moments and places we encounter Jesus and how those experiences can enrich us spiritually.

At the beginning of his well-known song ‘Highway 61 Revisited’, Bob Dylan refers to the story of the sacrifice of Isaac. At the end of the first stanza, we hear:
Well, Abe said, ‘Where d’you want this killin’ done?’

God said, ‘Out on Highway 61.’

Perhaps facetious; perhaps parodic; perhaps a down-to-earth and idiomatic rendering of the biblical story (Gen. 22.1–19), the lyrics of the song recount God’s demand that Abraham should sacrifice his son, Isaac. Initially, Abraham reluctantly complies with the command, but then, as soon as he ventures to do so, God changes his mind and rewards Abraham by refusing to accept the sacrifice. In effect, God is testing Abraham’s faith. As a response to Abraham’s compliance, God promises to bless Abraham and to bless all of his descendants.

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