Upon our acceptance of Jesus Christ in our lives and as we grow as Christians, we become aware of the many names of God. Today, we will focus on the name: “Jehovah Jireh”
Knowing Jehovah Jireh: The Lord Will Provide
In Genesis chapter 22, in the story of Abraham’s faithfulness and obedience to God, we discover that God put his faith to the test by requiring him to sacrifice his son Isaac as a burnt offering.
This story was so empowering, as Abraham did not hesitate or question God, but out of his faith and obedience, he set out to sacrifice his son on the mount in the place of Moriah. This was a true testament to Abraham’s relationship with God and his understanding and knowledge of God’s character. Despite the nature of what God was requiring of him, which we all would identify as difficult, Abraham had faith that what God requested of him was an opportunity for God to manifest Himself as Jehovah Jireh: Our Provider. We see this in Abraham’s responses in Genesis 22:5 & 8.
Genesis 22:5, 7-8 (CSB)
5Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.”
7Then Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, “My father.” And he replied, “Here I am, my son.” Isaac said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering? ”
8Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Then the two of them walked on together.Genesis 22:5, 7-8 (CSB)
We can sense the confidence and faith in Abraham’s responses. He told the other men who made the journey with himself and Isaac, “The boy and I will go over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.” Although God told Abraham to sacrifice his own son, he stated that “we’ll” come back. Isaac, his son also asked, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” In answering Isaac, Abraham was sure that God would “provide” the lamb for the burnt offering.
Abraham did as God asked; built an altar and set Isaac on it to be slain and sacrificed. As he went forth with his knife to kill Isaac, the angel of the Lord called to him out of heaven and ordered him not to harm Isaac. The angel told Abraham that he had proven his fear of God by not withholding his son (his only son) from Him. Abraham then looked up and behind him was a ram caught in a bush. He retrieved the ram and placed in on the altar in place of his son for the burnt offering. In Genesis 22:14, Abraham called this place Jehovah-Jireh.
Genesis 22:14 (ASV)
14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh. As it is said to this day, In the mount of Jehovah it shall be provided.Genesis 22:14 (ASV)
God’s love for us is so great, that He Himself provided us His son, Jesus Christ, as the final sacrificial lamb. He will always provide for us, as long as we have a relationship with Him, by accepting Jesus Christ in our hearts and remain obedient to His will through reverencing and fearing Him. Due to Abraham’s obedience and reverence of God, the angel of the Lord told him that he would be blessed and that his seed would be multiplied as the stars of the heaven and as the sand that is upon the seashore; his seed shall possess the gate of his enemies and in his seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed (Gen 22:16-18). Our faith and obedience to God is how we show are fear and reverence to Him; with that we will reap the benefits and blessings from God and come to personally know Him as Jehovah Jireh.