Hence we learn that the Lord came to see Abraham in his tent.
As in the generation of the Flood, the people of the valley of Sodom were already "dead" because of their corruption, and their destruction was already upon them. Divine fire destroyed their wickedness but not completely for Abraham's nephew. Lot and his daughters, from whom two of the "nations" by Canaan would be later born after incestuous relationships, were spared.
"And Abraham was a hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born to him. And Sarah said: 'God has made laughter for me, so that all who hear will laugh (itzchak: Isaac) with [because of] me'." (21:5-6)
The portion continues with one of the most significant events that determined the relationship between Israel and the Creator.
Should it be called a test, "that God tested Abraham" (22:1) or even a trial?
It's been said many times in the Torah and the Hebrew Scriptures that the choice is only ours, and that we must choose life over death, love over darkness. If we are capable to create so much pain and suffering to each other in this world, we are also capable to create happiness and joy for each other.
The sacrifice of Isaac was not about his life or his body but his total devotion and commitment to the Creator. This means to be all He wants us to be in the world He created for us.
God already manifests His love for all His creation by sustaining it every moment. Now we in return have to elevate our love to Him, so both loves meet and become one.
Every level and aspect of consciousness must be bound to do that which is sacred (this is the original meaning of "sacrifice": to do the sacred). God knew that Abraham and Isaac were bound to serve Him by loving Him with all their heart, all their soul and all their might.