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(The Lord Will Provide)
"Jehovah-Jireh" occurs only once in the Bible in Gen 22:14.
Jehovah Jireh — the Lord has seen!
Jehovah Jireh is "The Existing One" WHO PROVIDES FOR US! .. the Hebrew word "Havah" meaning "to be" or "to exist." It also suggests "to become" Our Provision or "our provider" or specifically "to become known" as the GOD OF ALL PROVISIONS - this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly, and Provides for All Our Needs! Jehovah-Jireh is a name given at that place where God Provided for All of Israel through Abraham to memorialize the intercession of God in the sacrifice of Isaac his son, by providing a substitute ( a ram caught in a bush ) for the imminent sacrifice of his son.
The name Jehovah Jireh is actually the name of a place rather than the name of God. The setting for this reference, which is most moving and significant, is to a place name concerning Abraham again. He is approached by Elohim (God) and asked to offer his son, Isaac, upon the altar of sacrifice. God said to him, “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of” (Genesis 22:2). Offering a child as a burnt sacrifice may not have been so unusual for a pagan, but how could Jehovah God ask one of His children to offer his son as a burnt offering? Furthermore, this well-beloved son, Isaac, was after all the promised child through whom God was to bless the nations of the world, and He promised to make of him a great nation. The flow of the account seems to lead the reader to believe that Abraham did not hesitate, although he had waited 25 years for the son. Isaac was the joy and rejoicing of Abraham’s heart; doubtless, God wanted to test Abraham to see whether he loved Him supremely or Isaac supremely. He seems to have arisen early the next morning and began his journey in the company of his son, Isaac, and two of his young men who were supposedly Abraham’s servants. It was a three day journey for the company.
From what we know of the New Testament Scriptures, the three day journey may be symbolic of the three days between our Lord’s death and His resurrection. Abraham in his heart, had already offered Isaac the day God approached him, and three days afterward God raised him from the dead figuratively. “Man’s extremity is (truly) God’s opportunity.” Did Abraham have any misgivings about offering his son as a burnt offering? We are blessed by a look at New Testament Scriptures in Hebrews 11:17 - 19 which read, “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he that had received the promise offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac shall they seed be called;’ accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which also he received him in a figure.”
So in Abraham’s heart and mind he seems to have already offered up Isaac at the beginning of his journey to Moriah. In fact, the Hebrew reads in Genesis 22:5, “And Abraham said unto his young men, ‘Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and (we) will worship and (we) come again to you’.” On the way to the mountain, Isaac asked of his father in verse 7, “Behold the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” These words of Isaac must have been heart-rending to Abraham. He, however, answered (verse 8), “My son, Elohim (God) will pr ovid e himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” In the following verses it is noted that Isaac was completely submissive to his father, even though he was almost a young man and Abraham was probably somewhat infirm. He could have easily outran Abraham or at least rebelled. As the story unfolds Abraham had bound his son on the altar and was ready to plunge his knife into the heart of his son when an angel of God appeared to him, arrested him and forbade Abraham to complete the act by saying in verse 12, “Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him; for now I know that thou fearest Elohim (God), seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” Whereupon Abraham was told by an angel to lift up his eyes and look behind him, and there he saw a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. The ram was Isaac’s substitute. So Abraham offered the ram in the stead of his son. Verse 14 says, “And Abraham called the name of the place, Jehovah Jireh, as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the Jehovah (LORD) it shall be seen’.”
There seems to be a contradiction between verse 8 in which Abraham said, “...God will provide himself a lamb...” and verse 14 in which “...Jehovah Jireh is called the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.” There is no contradiction, however, for there is not much difference between vision and provision. For Jehovah God to visualize something ahead of time He is able to make a provision for the fulfillment. He possesses eternal wisdom and knowledge; He knows the end from the beginning. From eternity to eternity He foresees everything. To foresee is one thing, but to provide is another; how ever, God’s pre-vision and His pro-vision can be combined in Abraham’s encounter with God. He is able to pr ovide for his children because he sees our needs. Augustine put it this way, “Command what Thou wilt, then give what Thou commanded.” Abraham learned the truth of God’s all-sufficiency. God saw the need and supplied the need. We very often say, “God will see to it,” meaning God will make a certain thing come to pass. His seeing here means His kindly, friendly, interested seeing. He cares, He sympathizes and He provides. Did not Paul in his letter to the Philippians (4:19) write, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus?”Although God led Abraham and permitted him to spare his son; the Heavenly Father did not spare His only begotten Son. John the Baptist said of Jesus (John 1:29), “...Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world!” And again he said (John 1:36), “Behold the Lamb of God!” Furthermore, John the Apostle wrote (John 3:16), “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Our Lord spoke to the Jews one day (John8:56), “Your father, Abraham, saw my day; and was glad.” Doubtless Jesus was referring to Abraham and his willingness to sacrifice Isaac.
What Elohim, the creator God, demanded of Abraham, Jehovah, the covenant God, supplied. Elohim demanded the sacrifice, and Jehovah made complete provision for the salvation of Isaac and, in Christ Jesus, the salvation of lost humanity. So Jehovah-Jirah is the commemoration of a great deliverance for Isaac, and the place of deliverance of our sins by the death of Jesus Christ on Calvary. To Jehovah we may say with amazement, “Thou has not withheld Thy Son, Thine only Son.” It is thought that this mountain (Moriah) was the place of the Solomonic Temple (II Chronicles 3:1) which was most sacred to the Jewish people. This place today, however, is the place of the Mosque of Omar, a Muhammadan stronghold.
Father God, may I , and anyone who reads this, better understand the "provision" you made for us through the "blood of Jesus, The Lamb of God" .. in your NAME Father, I give you thanks and praise for the BLOOD OF JESUS!