It is told, like many of the early narratives in Genesis, with very spare details, not much of clue about the characters thoughts or motivations; reading them can be like watching a film where the actors rarely speak or show emotion, and yet very emotional things are happening. And that is true for the Binding of Isaac…
[After they have journeyed three days] Isaac asks his father where the animal for the sacrifice is – they have the wood and the fire and the knife; I wonder if Isaac was beginning to wonder, to worry, to get scared. Abraham answers simply that God will provide the lamb. Was Abraham as brave and trusting as he sounded?” ~ from my sermon June 29, 2014
When your emotional/psychological priorities and Biblical stories seem to be at odds with each other, what do you do? How do you understand them?