Forefather Abraham must have been filled with
such foreboding as the appointed blade drew near.
He could never have foreseen God's circumscriptive request...
nor foregone its fulfillment once it had been proposed.
After all, he was God's foremost friend on the planet.
Mostly, though, he didn't want God to foreclose on the covenant—
Ishmael had turned out to be the forerunner of the promise,
just a foretaste of the legitimate heir.
God was still forecasting Isaac's arrival,
so obedience was forefront on Abraham's mind.
He cut a deal, therefore, skin and all.