So Abraham got up early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and his son Isaac; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place of which God had told him.
-- Genesis 22:3
What must he have been thinking, Isaac was the child of promise, giving as a special gift to a barren wife and now I am to offer him as a sacrifice on an altar. Did he believe that God would rise him from the dead after his body had been burned on the altar? We don’t know, but we do know that he didn’t delay, up early and on his way the next morning. I assume he didn’t tell Sarah about the plan because that would not have been well received. Sometimes we just have to obey even when it sounds crazy, because God is all knowing and his is always the best plan.
Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.”
-- Genesis 22:2
Abraham was happy, he had a son of promise, a son he loved and he was growing into a great young man. He was also not being spoiled which showed how careful Abraham and Sarah were with him in his up bringing. He should have been spoiled but he wasn’t as it shows in this story. This seems like a horrible start to the story though, and one that has you scratching your head as to who God is. He seems to be someone you don’t recognize, but he has a plan to do even more than we could ask or think. He still does those things today.
And when they had done this, they caught a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to tear; 7 so they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, to the point that they were sinking.
-- Luke 5:6-7
Peter was sure he knew what was going to happen, nothing or next to nothing. We will catch a fish or 2 so Jesus can show that he can product a miracle. They were never looking for this. They had boats that would hold all the fish it was possible to catch in a night of fishing where it was “best night ever” conditions. This was impossible, to catch enough fish to almost sink two fishing boats with one cast. Jesus was not making a little display, he was showing that even the fish obeyed him and they are harder to herd than cats. Jesus was saying, “Look to me because this is who I am.”