Abraham and his wife, Sarah, struggled to have a child for so long, and finally, God gives them Isaac. After some time, God tells Abraham to sacrifice Isaac: “Take now your son…whom you love…and offer him there as a burnt offering” (New King James Version, Genesis 22.2). This would be representative of irony in that Abraham has to kill the son he had wanted so badly.
In my own life, although not nearly as dramatic as the Abraham example, I have experienced a similar sort of irony when my nephew died only a few hours after being born. My sister ended up getting pregnant as a teenager, and at first, she wanted to have an abortion, but eventually, she came to love the baby and wanted to give it up for adoption. The fact that he was born with such enormous health issues that ended up killing him, is somewhat ironic in this particular scenario. This ironic event shaped my own life, even though I was just 9 years old, in that I was able to personally see just how fragile life can be, and that it is important to value our lives while we have them. Because of that, I have always tried to live my life to the fullest and not waste a single moment.
Within the latter half of Genesis, another example of irony occurs in the story of Joseph. As a boy, Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers because they were jealous of him and the connection between him and their father. Ultimately, after many years of suffering, Joseph ends up as a relatively powerful person in Egypt, and his brothers come to him begging for food as a famine has taken over the land. Joseph now has the power to take revenge, but instead he forgives: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here…”(New King James Version, Genesis 45.4-5).