Abraham was honoring God, His Father, when he went to Mount Moriah, having been through all he had already with Sarah, Hagar and Ishmael, and now to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. He left for mountain saying he and the lad would be back. That is faith, the kind from Hebrews 11.
He had to believe that even if he sacrificed him, that God would raise Him up again, and even from ashes if necessary. That would be major faith and true beauty for ashes. Jesus’ body would have been thrown into a fire pit with the other criminals had there not been a tomb for Him.
The Bible say that God would not leave Him hell, in reference to that and the literal one where He took the keys of death, hell ,and the grave. Jesus was “consumed ” in a sense, and was all offerings in one and once and for all, to anyone who would believe including burnt offering. His blood is far above those sacrifices.
The binding of Isaac as it is called was a type of Christ, I also believe as many scholars, God never intended for him to be sacrificed. He was old enough to carry the wood, a type of cross. his name means laughter and it was Jesus as the Angel of the Lord, who heard Sarah laugh. When she denied it, He just restated that she did.
And we know that Jesus is our joy. so when the altar was built and Isaac asked about the offering. Abraham said God would provide the lamb. Perhaps, it was faith and it even prophetic, as Jesus was the Lamb of God. Notice it is a ram that was actually sacrificed.
Now we may not know the actual age of Isaac, but he was probably between about seven and teenaged or a very young man. He had to submit to Abraham and let him tie his hands behind his back and lie on the altar.I have seen images or movies where he shields his eyes and draws back the knife, but just at that moment the Angel of the Lord out of heaven called to Abraham, and said:
And Abraham answered, “Here I am, Lord.” Then the Angel of the Lord said: “Do not lay your hand upon your son. Do no harm to him. Now I know that you love God more than you love your only son, and that you are obedient to God, since you are ready to give up your son, your only son, to God.”
Was this angel of the Lord, Jesus as well? I believe it is possible for he knew already even then what he would come to do for us one day, and was not about to let Isaac die or be burned, but to let it show the faith of a patriarch, and the kind of faith that we can have. And He would not have had wings.
He really does give beauty for ashes, joy for mourning. Abraham and Isaac would have certainly been overjoyed. You can read the story in Genesis 22. And God can even restores ashes, He will call for the dead to be resurrected, and judge them.
We really have no idea of the suffering Jesus endured as He took our punishment, He honored His Father to let Him be ours as well.
This painting in in the Hermitage Museum in England. The Sacrifice of Isaac was painted by a 29 yr, old Rembrandt, in 1635. Similar images were found in the catacombs near the tombs or Christians.
I chose this kneeling angel to be the one who goes ahead of the servant to get Rebekah as Isaac’s wife.
The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there. Genesis 24:7