Haven’t caught this before in the Akedah. I always thought the significance of Abraham’s faith was that his trust in God was greater than the grief he’d feel from losing his son – and having to kill him personally. But…
Before Abraham takes Isaac and the wood up to the mountain, he tells his men (in Genesis 22:5) that “the boy and I will go over there to worship; then WE’LL come back to you.”
God had promised that Abraham’s seed would be traced through Isaac. Did he believe that God would raise Isaac from the dead? Or did he bank on God providing a lamb, as he tells Isaac in verse 8?
There’s no doubt that he trusted God either way, but I’ve never pondered the fact that he expected to leave with his son alive.
To me it seems that he was indeed trusting for God to provide a lamb – but he raised the knife to kill his son anyway. What an amazing display of obedience.