A simple math equation:
A banished surrogate mother and child + child sacrifice + a great leader dying for no good reason = totally messed up.
But life is messed up. And G-d, in this week’s Torah portions, represents life. What’s the solution to a moral crisis when you live in an amoral (non-moral) universe?
G-d is limited. G-d cannot do the great work that we can of making the world a holy and moral place. That’s why we have mitzvot: this is our ability to “play G-d” and make the world what it should be…the world that G-d wants it to be, through our actions, thoughts and feelings.