Abraham is on his way to the place God has named him after he has made all the preparations. On the third day, he saw that place “in the distance. This is reminiscent of God’s counsel in which is included that the Lord Jesus would come once to be offered. God has always seen that place ahead (1Pet 1:2020For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you). But it is connected with “the third day”, which is the day that speaks of the resurrection. God also raised him up from the dead on the third day (1Pet 1:2121who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.; Mt 16:2121From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.; Lk 24:4646and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,; 1Cor 15:3-43For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,4and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,).
During these three days, Abraham thought about what God asked of him. In Hebrews 11 are mentioned deeds that believers in the Old Testament have done in faith. Only of Abraham is mentioned what he thought: “He considered that God is able to raise [people] even from the dead” (Heb 11:19a19He considered that God is able to raise [people] even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.). This proves the enormous faith of Abraham. He had no example of this in his surroundings, from which he could see that God raises up the dead.
He knows God and through this knowledge and by thinking about all that God has promised him, he can only come to one conclusion: ‘If I have to offer my son, to whom God has bound all His promises, God will raise him up from the dead.’ This is great. This is proof of how real Abraham’s faith is. Therefore it is written that Abraham was “justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar” (Jam 2:2121Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?). The conclusion drawn directly from this by James is: “You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected” (Jam 2:2222You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;). His faith is evident from his works.
In this faith he has made all the preparations. All initiative comes from Abraham. He is acting. In picture we see how all the initiatives go out from God to give His Son as an offering (Jn 3:1616“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.; Rom 8:33For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God [did]: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and [as an offering] for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,). In other places we also read that the Son gave Himself (Gal 2:2020I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.), but for a moment it is about the picture that is presented here.
The considerations of Abraham’s faith are reflected in what he says to the servants: “We will worship and return to you.” We also hear his trust in God in what he says to Isaac: “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.”
In verses 6 and 86Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together.8Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together., and also later in verse 1919So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham lived at Beersheba., it says: “So the two of them walked on together.” This is also a wonderful reference is to the walking together of the Father and the Son (Jn 8:29a29And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”).