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Jehovah Jireh

Jehovah Jireh: The Lord Will Provide

“And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” Genesis 22:8

Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh:  as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. Genesis 22:14

The English word “provide” give a good indication of the meaning here.

“Provide” is from the Latin providere   –     pro- before  / videre – to see:  so means to see before in the sense of preparing for a future event.

The Lord had made a suitable provision for Abraham. Let us look at it. God tested (Not tempted) Abraham, asking him to take his only son Isaac, go into the land of Moriah, and there make him a burnt offering, on the mountain that God would tell him.

Abraham obediently took two young men and Isaac with the wood for the burnt offering and took his journey. On the third day, Abraham saw the place God appointed. See Gen. 22:1-4

I and the lad will go yonder and worship and come again to you. Gen 22:5

Here is a problem: was Abraham telling the truth? Abraham already knew he had to offer Isaac as a burnt offering! See v2 and he fully intended to be obedient. Hebrews 11:17-19 give us the answer.

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. Heb 11:17-19

Abraham was full of faith, believing God’s ability to keep His promises. If God asked Abraham to sacrifice Issac  Abraham believed that, God could raise Isaac from the dead. Therefore, Abraham could bring his son back after worshipping God. Isaac was the “child of promise” to elderly parents (See Gen18:11) who were past the age of childbirth. Isaac came in a sense “even from the dead” and in figure or type, Abraham received him back now.
The Puritan Thomas Watson wrote, “God is to be trusted when His providences seem to run contrary to His Promises”.  Job said, “Though he slay me yet will I trust him.” Abraham’s faith was sufficient for the situation. Is ours for the situations that surround us.

Now a question arises. (See Gen.22:7)

Isaac asks! Look fire and wood BUT where is the lamb for the burnt offering?
Abraham’s reply is not evasive but wonderful; he directs Isaac to almighty God’s control of the situation. Abraham is truthful; he wants the will of God done in this situation.

“My Son, God will provide himself a lamb for the burnt offering” Gen 22:8

Abraham’s answer satisfied Isaac so they went on together. Isaac’s relationship with his father, to me, is simply beautiful here. Isaac can question his father but accepts his answer and has nothing more to say.

They arrive at the place God appointed; build an altar together and lay out the wood, the younger man helping the older man, both in harmony with each other, despite the thoughts that must have been going through Abraham’s mind. Isaac is bound and laid on the wood, on the altar, he does not argue, force is not used, as he does not resist his fathers will. Abraham takes up the knife to slay his son according to God’s direction.
Then the “angel of the Lord” stops the proceedings. Do not harm the lad, as the “angel of the Lord” now knew that Abraham feared God, because he had not withheld his only son from Him.

Who is “the angel of the Lord?”  

There is good reason to believe that it is a pre-incarnation “appearance” of Jesus Christ”. Appearance is used loosely as this “voice” called to Abraham out of heaven, twice, and was not an appearance (Theophany) of the pre-incarnate Christ in human form as in other scriptures.
A study of the “Angel of The Lord”; “Angel of the Covenant” in reference to Christ Jesus will repay your efforts.

And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. Gen. 22:13 

Jehovah Jireh: God provides and Isaac is spared, a ram caught by the horns in a bush is provided, ready for sacrifice in Isaac’s place. Here is a picture of Christ’s Substitutionary Sacrifice in our place, acceptable and well pleasing to God.

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

Abraham and Isaac are able to return to the two young men and Abraham’s faith was rewarded by a renewal of the promise of God.

Christ has done so much for us in His death on the Cross of Calvary, as “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the World” Take some time to think through for yourself exactly what it meant for Christ Jesus to willingly offer Himself and how he precisely fulfilled the Old Testament types of offerings for Sin.
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29
The big questions are;
Have we any interest in Christ Sacrifice?
Have our sins been forgiven?
Are we washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
Are we walking with Christ Jesus day by day in newness of Life?

Jehovah Jireh. The Lord Sees.   The Lord will Provide.
Ebenezer; hitherto the Lord has helped us.

Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him. Matt 6:8
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Further Study

Note 1.

Mount Moriah is in same range as Golgotha /Calvary.
The Jews say Adam and Noah sacrificed upon Mount Moriah
Solomon built the temple for God’s worship on Mount Moriah.

Note 2

Isaac as a type of Christ.

Isaac, Only Son Heb 11:17   :  
Jesus Christ, Only begotten Son John 1:14 John 3:16 Ps. 2:7

Isaac carried the wood and was laid on it. Gen 22:6 & 9
Christ carried Cross   John 19:17     Acts 5:30 (hanged on a tree)

Isaac was bound.  Gen 22:9   
Christ was bound Matt 27:2

Isaac showed no resistance.    
Christ led like a lamb to the slaughter.

Isaac was to be stabbed.      
Christ was pierced by a spear.

Isaac offered as a Lamb                    
Christ the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world

On the 3rd day Abraham and Isaac came to the mount of sacrifice Isaac offered and returned  
Jesus Christ was Crucified at 3rd hour and Christ rose again on the 3rd day.


Abraham’s son Isaac was spared being sacrificed.
God spared not His only Son Jesus Christ.

Isaac was to be a burnt offering.
Christ was the Paschal Lamb, and the Scapegoat, taken without the camp and slain with the Sins of His people upon His head.

© Jeff Maxwell 2011-11-17

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