How God tested Abraham's faith? How did he act? what was God's reaction?
God tempts the faith of Abraham
As God the Father presented the God the Son as a live sacrifice, for saving the world from sins, so did Abraham, presented his only son a sacrifice to the Lord God.
For this reason, the Coptic Orthodox church uses this event in the prayers of The Holy mass of the Maundy Thursday, in the division prayers.
(Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to Him, “Abraham!” “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and Go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of The mountains of which I shall tell you.”)(Genesis 22:1-2)
So, God examined him not cause He does not know him but to justify him, Announcing his faith to be a great role model for the humanity.
(By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, concluding that God Was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him In a figurative sense.)(HEBREWS 11:17’18)
So, the messenger introduced a complete picture for the temptation of Abraham that, he had a faith that Isaac would be risen up; that kind of faith That appeared for the First time.
Abraham's faith confirmed
(So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went Together.)(Genesis22:6)
So, he took Isaac and went on his way without telling his wonderful Wife Sarah, because, we should not tell our beloved families about the love Actions We should do except for the necessity.
He and Isaac went together as for, the God Father and the God son. The God father presented his love and the God son presented His complete Obedience for saving us from our sins.
(Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham Stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.)(Genesis 22:8,10)
So, here he obeyed God without hesitation. Cause, I guess that he might Have been in doubt about the born of Isaac because of his old age. So, he Decided In his heart to believe in every thing God tells him.
God's reaction faster than Abraham
(But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven” Abraham, Abraham!” “Do Not lay your hand on the lad, or doing thing to him, for now I know that You fear God.)(Genesis22:11-12)
Here comes the master scene, when God sees our faith and love for Him, he Moves in an extremely high speed to save, heal or cure us.
(So, Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba.)(Genesis22:19)
The two young men did not go with him when he went to present his Son, but they returned with him to Beersheba.
This might be a symbol for the Jewish nation which did not go to Jesus During the crucifixion but eventually, in the end of days, they might do so.
Tawfik, S. (2022). Abraham’s faith greatly tested. www.orthodox-beliefs.com
Source is THE HOLY BIBLE NKJV. Arabic New Van Dyck text C. The Bible Society of Egypt. Fifth Edition Third print2019.ISBN 978-1-84364-188-9. Printed in China.
Reference: Genesis Book for Egyptian priest Father Tadros Jakob Malti.