And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and tooktwo of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave
the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye herewith the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come againto you.
Now, this is the first statement of faith we hear from Abraham. Because of it I’mconvinced that Abraham never had the reaction of fear most of us would have had.Think about it: Abraham lied to Pharaoh and Abimelech to save his own life eventhough God had promised to take care of him. It didn’t make sense that Abrahamcould die before his son was born, so he should have known he was invincible. Inother words, all Abraham had to do was say, “God promised that I’d have a son andthat I’d name him Isaac. Since I have no son to name, then I can’t die at least untilhe’s born and I name him.” Then there would have been no reason to fear.Now we see Abraham later in life and his faith seems to have maturedenormously. God says, “Go sacrifice your son,” and Abraham reasons: “God saidthat my son will have a son, so there’s no way he can die or at least he can’t staydead until he has a son.” Listen to what Hebrews says:
By faith Abraham, when hewas tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up hisonly begotten son,
Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed becalled:
Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; fromwhence also he received him in a figure
(Heb. 11:17-19).He probably didn’t know exactly what would happen, but he seems to have knownwhat
. Isaac can’t die, but even if he can, he cannot stay dead.
And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and thewood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
Isaac knows they’re going off to make a sacrifice, but he realizes there’s no lamb.“We have everything we need, but we don’t have a sacrifice.”
And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burntoffering: