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Genesis 22:2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love--Isaac--and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you."

Jeremiah 7:31 31 They have built the high places of Topheth in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire—something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind.

Was the thought of human sacrifice ever in God's mind?

And then there is the special case:

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all

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  • The ram was already caught in the thicket as father and son ascended the mountain.God had already provided.(+1 Good question. – Nigel J Jun 29 '20 at 19:09
  • Human sacrifice was quite common among the various ancient Middle-Eastern nations and religions. Abraham's story marks Judaism's historical departure from such pagan practices. – Lucian Jun 30 '20 at 15:08
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The thought of humans sacrificing humans had never entered the mind of God.

From everlasting, his intention was redemption, through his own Son, manifested in humanity.

Jesus Christ is the lamb slain :

from the foundation of the world [Revelation 13:8 KJV]

God's intention (before the world began) was that humanity should have eternal life :

In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; [Titus 1:2 KJV]

God desired to set forth a scenario, and to demonstrate his intentions. For this reason he tried Abraham and drew Abraham into the scenario.

But the lamb was already caught in the thicket as father and son ascended the mountain.

There never was a possibility that God would let Abraham kill and sacrifice Isaac.

But his own Son, he did not spare, as the OP states.

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