Glad to hear of Isaac’s return. Wish we could be there to hear stories!

Mom, your post was deliciously long and flattering. I had so much fun reading it. As far as I’m concerned (and I’m only the author after all, so who am I to tell the reader what it means?), you got everything there is to get about the poem (and doubtless got it far better than me because you’ve lived longer as God’s lamb). For me, Isaac’s name primarily just blends the metaphors across my various worlds of experience so that I’m enjoying the images at a variety of levels (one of which, and an important level, is just personal and anecdotal). Also, although Christ (and Isaac) agonized, they also trusted in their fathers [Father in Christ’s case], and the trust underlies and sustains amid the agony. I wouldn’t rule out the fact that Christ nuzzled and gamboled with God on his way to the cross (over the course of his ministry, not so much at Gethsemane–although nuzzling might not be so far off the mark even then). As for who is on their way to be slaughtered (although there is no doubt who’s death is the primary and efficient cause), we all bear crosses and “fill up” the sufferings of Christ in Paul’s words.

Colossians 1:22-24
But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.

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