Jehovah Jireh Chapter 5


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Jehovah Jireh Chapter 5 part One

Jehovah Jireh   

je-ho’-va-ji’-re (yahweh yir’-eh,

יְהֹוָה

The Lord will see to it.  The Lord will provide.   The Lord will be seen.  (The Lord will take care of it.)

Jireh is a form of the verb “to see” in the Hebrew language.  It can also have the connotation of seeing beforehand or “prevision.”  Provision is a combination of two Latin words meaning, “to see beforehand”  “Thus with God forseeing is prevision.  As the Jehovah of righteousness and holiness, and of love and redemption, having prevision of man’s sin, and fall, and need, He makes provision for that need.”  Nathan Stone, The Names of God

Genesis 22:1-18

Abraham and Isaac were walking up the mountain side with two servants to give a sacrifice demanded by El Shaddai, Almighty God.  Isaac was carrying the wood on his shoulders.  He was a young man at this time and knew fully what was involved in making a sacrifice to God.  He knew that the two servants were not bringing the traditional goat or sheep.  His beloved father, Abraham seemed preoccupied so Isaac refrained from asking the obvious question.

Abraham walked with a troubled heart.  He had followed Elohim, for a long time now.  God had revealed himself as El Shaddai, the all sufficient God.  He knew that Elohim could set aside the ordinary course of nature and bring about miracles unheard of by man.  He and Sarah had experienced the birth of Isaac because El Shaddai had quickened their bodies withered by age and Isaac had been born.  Abraham understood that God wanted the world of his time and the world of the future to understand that a mighty nation was begotten through a miracle of Almighty God and not through efforts of a man.  Abraham had some experience with faith and he believed in the God who had led him out of Haran.  He believed in Elohim, who protected Sarah’s virtue when He had wavered in the might of the Egyptian Pharoah’s power.   He believed in the promises made by El Shaddai because he had witnessed many impossible promises become reality.  He knew that he knew, that he knew that the rest of the promises would occur in Elohim’s time frame.

Abraham kept repeating under his breath, “God will see to it.  God will provide.  God will take care of it.”

But his mind recoiled at the task God had given him.  He was to sacrifice Isaac, the son of promise…the child of laughter.  He was to bind his only son to the altar of the Lord and drive his cruel knife into his heart.  And he had made up his mind to do it. 

“What shall I tell his mother when I return?” he thought.  I must not think of that.  God will take care of it.  He is El Shaddai, Almighty God.  He is all powerful.  He is able to save Isaac from this awful deed.  He is sufficient.  Perhaps he will raise him from the dead?”  He shook his head in despair, “God will take care of it.  God will provide somehow.”

And that was his answer when Isaac asked him, “Father, where is the sacrifice?”  Did Isaac ask again as his father laid the wood around the altar?  Did his eyes reflect pools of questions as His father laid hands on him and bound him to the altar?  Apparently he was a strong young man when this happened, yet he did not try to fight, but was willing to trust his father’s faith in El Shaddai.  He had often heard the stories of angels who visited with his father and promised a son, many descendents that would be a mighty nation.  I am sure He felt agonizing fear and betrayal as his father lifted the knife in trembling hands.  The name of Jehovah Jireh was on Abraham’s desperate lips as he looked at his son with tears in his eyes.  Elohim will be seen.  We have a covenant.  He is almighty God.  He sees my need before I do.  El Shaddai  is sufficient.  El Shaddai can save to the uttermost.  Jehovah Jireh…That is when the angel stayed his hand…at the very moment Abraham was going to plunge the knife into Isaac’s chest.  “Do not harm the boy.  You have not withheld anything from me, even your only son.”

The knife came down, not to sacrifice, but to free Isaac from his bonds.  I am sure old Abraham sprinted to take the ram by the horns and pull him from the thorns.  Adrenalin flowed and gave him strength to place the ram on the altar in Isaac’s place.  Tears still flowed, but they were tears of gratitude to the God who had chosen him and in whom He had placed his faith time after time.  The God he had failed, but who did not fail him.

Abraham called the mountain the Lord will provide.  He did not call it the Lord provided or the Lord provides, but the Lord “will” provide.  He knew it was not finished. 

It would not be finished until Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God, carried the wooden cross on his back to Calvary.  It would not be over until this innocent Christ, in whom there was no fault, was bathed in every perverse sin humanity could dream of and His father would turn away with tears in His eyes.  The betrayed Jesus, would cry out in a loud voice, “My God, My God, Why hast thou forsaken me?”  The need for sacrifice to cover the stench of sin would not be complete until the promised Son cried out, “It is finished!”  God has taken care of it!

This attribute of God has not been named before Abraham’s experience on the mountain, but it certainly had been experienced.  Many of God’s provisions had been of a supernatural nature, designed to get the attention of sinful, arrogant, boasting, willful man.

List the supernatural provisions of Jehovah Jireh, including provisions to remove evil from the earth, that had been manifested before this.

 Genesis 1:1

Genesis 5:24

 Genesis 6:8

Genesis 7:6

 Genesis 11:7-9

 Genesis 19:15-16

 Genesis 19

 Genesis 21:1-2

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