The following bible verses have been bringing up interesting questions lately:
Jeremiah 32:35They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molek, though I never commanded—nor did it enter my mind—that they should do such a detestable thing and so make Judah sin.
Exodus 11:4So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. 5 Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.
The first text speaks about how sacrificing one's children is a detestable thing to god and the second talks about the plague of the firstborn that came upon the egyptians and came to be known as the passover because the angel of death passed over the homes of the israelites.
The questions that have come up are: if god detests sacrificing one's children, why would he sacrifice his own son? And, how did the passover change from killing the firstborn of the Egyptians into sacrificing the firstborn son of god?
Has anyone else ever thought about this?