“So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.” Gen. 22:3
First we note Abraham rising early, which appears to be his custom, at least when God is involved (see Gen. 19:27; 21:14; 22:3)
What we may also miss is that Abraham seems to be doing all these miscellaneous chores himself. Abraham is about to make a three-day journey. He has servants; he will be bringing two of them with him. Why is Abraham saddling his donkey? Why is he the one splitting the wood? It may be that he is just a kind master and doesn’t mind doing some things himself, but surely he has a lot on his mind. Perhaps Abraham feels he must go through all the steps of this act himself, to ensure no guilt is upon anyone else.
Abraham brings wood because he does not know if the place he is going will have wood available (Plaut). However he does not bring an animal, because he must believe Isaac is to be the sacrifice.
As Abraham is making all these preparations, what was he thinking about? Could Jehova, this God who called Abraham to Canaan and away from his fathers house of idols (see Joshua 24:2) and revealed wondrous promises to him, could this God be just like the gods of his fathers, who demanded human sacrifice? Could this awful thing be true? If this is the case, Abraham would have to make a choice if he would obey and follow such a God. Perhaps Abraham was testing God at the same time. “Will this God I’ve been following that purports to be the one true God, give me such wondrous promises but yet dash my hope to pieces by the murder of my miraculous son, by my own hands, the very son through whom such wondrous promises are to come?”
Or did Abraham trust God much more than that?