Answers: Chapter 5 Part 4 How to Access the Provision of Jehovah Jireh

Answers:  Chapter  5 Part 4  How to Access the Provision of Jehovah Jireh

That He might prove them to see if they would be obedient

  1. They were commanded not to keep the manna overnight, but some did and it bred worms and stank.  They were told to gather  enough the day before Sabbath to take care of both days.  Some did not and had to do without.
  2. All  our needs. I take Him at His word.  All my needs will be met.
  3. Seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first.
  4. They helped him at the beginning of His ministry and when he was in prison.
  5. Forgives our iniquities and heals diseases
  6. While we were sinners
  7. We have all sinned and come short of the glory of Gd.
  8. We cannot be justified by our own efforts to obey the Law of Moses.
  9. Believe on the name of the Son of God
  10. Not of works, not of ourselves…by grace through faith
  11. As partakers of the Divine nature of God, we escape the corruption of the world.
  12. The hope we have in Jesus Christ
  13. Believe that Jesus died and rose again.  Knowing that God raised Jesus and has
    promised to raise us also.
  14. We are crucified with Him, buried with Him.
    We are participants in His death.
    “We are raised to experience a new life in our spirit and we join in His
    resurrection as we identify with Christ in His resurrection.  We can and should walk in Newness of
    life.”  McDonald’s Believers Bible Commentary
  15. He preserves us forever
  16. A.  see essay for mine
    B.  The LORD is my shepherd, I
    shall not want.  Psalm 23:1
  17. A.  Under His wings

B. His truth
19.   Deliverance from sin and cleansing from unrighteousness

20.  snares, pestilence, fear, broken heart, deliverance of the captives, liberty to the bruised, troubles, terror, law of sin and death, truth makes us free, distress, trials, enemies, illness, sins
21.  To humble them, to prove them, or test them to see if they would be obedient


Jehovah Jireh…How to access the provision of God Chapter 5 Part 4

Jehovah Jireh… How to Access the
provision of God Chapter 5 Part 4

*Note:  This is meant to be an in-depth search of the scripture to determine what the Bible
says about His provision and our part in it.  Please do not struggle through the entire study in one time period.  I have it divided out, but feel free to answer one or two questions at a time and reflect on them.  Some of us are too busy to undertake an in depth Bible study, so we settle for short devotionals every day.  I am writing this for those who desire meat, but have little time.  You can take as much as you want each day.

God provided for the children of Israel when they wandered in the desert. They were not always obedient, loving, trusting of grateful, but God provided for their daily need anyway. They begged for bread and He provided manna; they were thirsty, so God instructed Moses to speak to the rock of granite and water flowed freely. It flowed freely though Moses had not been obedient. He struck the rock in anger rather than speak to the rock as God had told Him. They begged for meat, and God provided quail in abundance.  Their sandals never got holes, yet they walked in the hot sands every day.  Their clothes never required patching, and their feet did not get blisters, nor did they swell because Jehovah Jireh saw their need and He met that need  consistently.

 Read Exodus 16:4

1. Why did God say He was providing the manna for the Israelites?

Read Exodus 16:1-36

2. Were the Israelites obedient? Find two ways the Israelites were disobedient in following God’s directions regarding His provision for them.  We are like whining children begging for Barbie number 26, because there is a cheap ring included that we desire. We don’t need it, it isn’t going to benefit our growth, and it is only going to give gratification for a few seconds.

What Does God provide?

“Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in
heaven.” Before we pray, we should always be sure that what we ask for is in God’s will to provide. The first thing Jesus did when He prayed the model prayer was praise the Living God. Then He asked for the earth to be like
heaven. He asked that God’s will be done on earth like it is done in heaven. What a wonderful thing to ask for. IF we would allow that to happen, there would be no need for further petitions in prayer.  All that would be required would be continual praise for His merciful provision.

God is not like we are with our own children. He will not give us that piece of candy, just because we are making a
scene in Wal-Mart. His permissive will allow us to make mistakes, but He will not aid us in our headlong attempt to be disobedient, or make decisions that will harm us.

When we pray for something we are to pray only for what is within God’s will to provide. So what is within His will to provide? From the above verse we can see that Jesus said everyone, even the Gentiles, are provided with food, drink, clothing, the basics, simply because the Father knows we need it, but is there more?

 A. Jehovah Jireh provides us with our very existence, the environment around us that allows us to flourish, and the resources to gain food and clothing for ourselves.

Read Philippians 4:19

3. What does God provide for the believer? How do you interpret this verse? And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  Jehovah does promise to provide for us, if we are within his will, if what we ask for is within His will.  I think this is something we forget.

We forget Matthew 6:31-34 . Read Matthew 6:31-34.

4. What did Jesus say we needed to do before we asked for our daily needs?

Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Our father knows we need those things, but if you lack…remember obedience is involved here…”But seek first His kingdom and His rghteousness and all these things will be added to you.” I realize that some bedient, righteous people sometimes have needs. I have to remember that I am ot God. I do not know all things. I do not have His purpose for eternity in ront of me. I must have faith in what is unseen, what is yet undone, but has been ccomplished in the mind of God, who loves me.

Captain Picard in Star Trek Enterprise, walks up to  wall and says, “Tea, Earl Grey, hot,” in that gracious English
Accent and the wall spits out a steaming cup of hot Earl Grey tea in a eautiful china cup. It does not work that way in the real world. We are xpected to till the ground, plant the seed, tend the garden, harvest the crop,
preserve the food, weave the cloth, and trample the wine. If we seek His way or us, if we seek His righteousness, we will find it is in His will for us to ork for our keep, and then He will provide for us. He does not promise excess.

When my husband lost his job, we were worried, and e prayed for a way to take care of ourselves. We did not receive excess, but mall ways were provided. A two-day job at minimum wage here, a fifty dollar job delivering cars  to another city, a tutoring job at the school system, and gifts from believers who knew our problem met the need on a daily basis. People who were led by the Spirit to help another believer sent money. The Hands of
Christ reached out to us and cared for us, just as He promised.

From the above verse we can see that Jesus said veryone, even the Gentiles, are provided with food, drink, clothing; the hings we need, simply because the Father knows we need it. Philippians 4:19 is one of the most quoted and best-loved scriptures in the Bible. And why not; on the surface, and out of context, it can be taken to mean that God will supply all your needs no matter what. Go ahead and squander your money on whatever you wish without a thought to those around you who are in need. However, if we connect this verse with the verses that precede this verse you will find a different concept altogether.

Read Philippians 4:14-16

5. When did the church at Philippi begin helping Paul? Did they send gifts one time or several?

Paul is thanking Philllipiansfor the money sent to sustain him while he was in prison. It was not the first time
they had helped him financially and prayerfully. At the beginning of his ministry they were often the only support that he had. Paul describes their gifts as a “sweet smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to
God.” The promise given in Philippians 4:19.  “And my God shall provide every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” referred to the sacrificial giving of the church in Philippi. They were faithful to the point that their own family’s were in danger of suffering. God would see to it that they would never suffer lack
because they were faithful, completely devoted in supporting those who were  spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.

This promise is meant to assure obedient followers of Christ that God’s abundant provision is available. The
Child of God should be experiencing God’s grace in the form of daily provision. God’s grace to the Christian not only takes the form of material things of life, but guidance through difficult problems and times of worry and grief, strength when we are tempted, and immersion in the love of the Holy Spirit when we feel spiritually alone. God will provide for our needs out of His abundance, when and because we have done our part. When we have been obedient to His commandments, unselfish in our giving, centered in His will. He does provide for our needs because He is merciful.
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Read Psalm 103:3

6. What is promised in these verses? He forgives all of our sins, and took the consequence on Himself. The penalty for sin is death. That penalty was paid by Jesus Christ. It is a miracle that allows me to write the word forgiven on my  crown. This verse also tells us that He heals our diseases? Notice, healing takes place after forgiveness. Not all sickness is a result of sin, but where it is connected, forgiveness must come first.

B. He provides physical and spiritual healing.

Because of original sin, all people die a physical death on this earth. They all die of something. This makes the question of healing difficult for us to understand. I don’t know the answers, but I am certain that God is the ultimate healer. When the beginning of God’s reign is a reality and  God sits  in His rightful place on the throne in Jerusalem, there will be no sickness and no death.

C. He has provided for salvation of sinful man, because He loves us and spiritual enlightenment for those who seek it.

Read Romans 5:8

7.  When did Christ die for us?

Read  John 3:16

8. Why did He give His life?

Read Romans 3:23

9.  Why was it necessary for man to be condemned to death?

Read Acts 13:38-39

10. What do we have to do to attain and know that we have the gift of salvation and eternal life?

Read 1 John 5:13

11. God’s grace is a gift, so how are we saved? What does not save us?

Read Ephesians 2:8-9

God has promised that He will provide Spiritual enlightenment to those who look for it. We need to know more
about God and His plan for us. This means that these faithful followers of  Jesus will, in the resurrection, be highly exalted to be like him. (I John 3:1-3)

Read Peter 1:4

12.   Wat does it mean to be like the  resurrected Jesus? To be like the resurrected Jesus means to be a partaker of
the Divine nature.  We need to know who we are, and what God has called us to be.

D. He gives us the only hope mortal man can take hold of in his daily struggle to survive.

Read 1 Thessalonians 1:3

13. What is the only hope mortal man has?  The hope in our Lord Jesus Christ is all there is. Hope is another wonderful gift to those who are in Christ. It is glorious to serve the living true God. It is true peace to know His Son will come for us from the heavens. It is the blessed hope we all yearn for. Every man must have hope to survive. O.S. Marden says, “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.”

Many place their hope in man’s ability to solve problems. Many think the governmentcan bring peace to the world. This hope is empty a vapor of hope that wafts over you like a faint breeze; then is replaced by the blistering heat of  reality. Don’t get into the canoe with a Politian thinking He is going to solve your problem. His insufficient bit of wood will sink in that well-known stinking  tributary even if you help him paddle. Get into the boat with Jesus. His nail scarred hands will save you. His broken heart will blanket you with everlasting  love. His ressurrection insures your place in eternity.

Read I Thessalonians 4:14 and II Corinthians 4:14

14.  What words in these verses show us that His resurrection secures our resurrection to eternal life? If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, we can believe that God will bring those who are asleep in Christ will go to God just as Christ did. God raised Jesus and He will raise us also.

There are three kinds of death: physical death (death of the physical body), spiritual death (separation from God), and the second death or eternal death described in Revelations. The second death is eternal separation from God. Before we are saved we are spiritually dead, walking around under the weight of our sins.

Read  Romans 6:4

15. What happens when we are baptized? We are raised from our spiritual death so we can walk in a new life.  This is possible only through His love and sacrifice.

E. He preserves those who follow him.

Read Psalm 37:28 .

16. What does the LORD do because He loves justice? He preserves believers forever.  Because of this we are eternally secure. Remember the covenant before creation; Christ agreed to make the sacrifice that was needed to save the fallen world.  He met the requirements of the covenant when He died on the cross. Our old man was crucified with Him so that we could do our part by accepting the sacrifice made in our behalf. Christ met the terms of the covenant and now God must also meet the terms and He will; because He cannot do otherwise. It is not in His nature to go back on His word. We, as believers do not deserve this, but Christ died to buy it for us, and His resurrection secures it for us.

F. He prospers the saints.

Read Deuteronomy 28:1-68

These verses list the blessings that come if we observe and do all the commandments and what will  happen if we do not.

17. A. List three that are important to you. My choices are
Blessed be the fruit of your body(my children), blessed be my basket and my
store(my livelihood), and coming in and going out(blessings in my everyday
activities). My greatest peace regarding prospering is Psalm 23:1

B. Write Psalm 23:1 here. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

G. He protects the saints.

Read Psalm 91:4

18. A. Where do we find refuge?

B. What does He give us as a shield?

We are a flawed people who err  and need to school ourselves, to learn discipline as we grow in our faith. We
are tested to prove we will be obedient. But we can rest under the very wings of God. We can experience peace as God takes care of us as a mother bird tenderly cares for her chicks.

H. Delivers the saints:

His provision for deliverance is complete and begins with our inner heart.

Read 1 John 1:9

19. What is the deliverance that is promised in this verse?

How wonderful a promise is this? There is hope. I can be forgiven because provision has been made to cover my willful sin. Sinless Christ dies for my sins and the provision is perfect. I need do nothing but believe and follow Him in obedience to His words. But is there a promise of deliverance from pain, heartbreak, trouble, terror and more. Is there deliverance for the day to day horrors that afflict us during our lives?

 Read Psalm 91:3, Psalm 27:1, Psalm 34:17, Psalm 91:5,6, Psalm 107:6, II Samuel 22:2, Romans
, John 8:32, 36, Luke 4:18, II Peter 2:9, James 5:16.

20. Make a list of areas in which  Jhovah Jireh has provided deliverance for His children.

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I.  He leads us.

Read Deuteronomy 8:2

We all have read how God lead, protected, fed and nourished the Israelites for forty years in the wilderness. We sometimes wish that we had this kind of direct supervision from the LORD. How could we not believe? How could we not be obedient if we witnessed the cloud leading by day  and  the pillar of fire protecting the camp at night? How could we not praise Him when we picked up the manna every day and fed on the quail that flooded into the camp to provide meat? How could we not give Him honor and glory that He deserved when we did not experience swollen feet as we marched daily through the sands of the desert and our sandals never wore out? Yet, they did not obey!  They were not grateful! They did not relish their position as favored ones of God! And neither would we if we were in the same position.

Yet, in His great mercy, He does lead us and guide us. He does this in many ways.

Read Proverbs 2:6-9

21. Why did God say He led the  Iraelites in the wilderness?

Read Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 30:21, Psalm 48:14, Psalm 37:23, Psalm 25:9, Psalm 25:12, Psalm 32:8, Psalm 37:23, Psalm 48:14, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 1:33 , Proverbs 2:6-9, Isaiah 42:16

22. As you read these verses, make a chart with two columns. On one side list the words pertaining to guidance and on the other the conditions required to merit the guidance and wisdom of the LORD.

We can see that we have responsibilities that must be met to gain the guidance of God in our daily activities. We are to be open to Him and regard Him with serious reverence and  awe. We must acknowledge Him as our God and trust in Him. We must leave our own uderstanding of our situation behind us and follow Him listening for the voice in our ears that tells us to go left or right. We must be walking upright and  with integrity in His ways proving to Him that we will walk in His ways of righteousness. We are all walking in the wilderness. Why? Deuteronomy 8:2 So He can humble us, “prove”(test) us and know what is in our heart that He may see if we
will follow His commandments. We can be like the Israelites and refuse to be obedient. We can refuse to walk with integrity and truth as we follow the way He has set for each of us as individuals; or we can seek His face, receive His righteousness, and walk with Him in fellowship, always privy to His wisdom,  cunsel, and guidance.

J. Brings his words to pass

Read Luke 21:32-33.
This verse refers to Israel and Jerusalem in the last days, but does God bring is words to pass for each struggling individual?

Read II Peter 3:9, Psalm 115:3, Psalm 135:5,6, Daniel 4:35, Isaiah  4:9,10 , John 10:27, 29, Luke 12:32, John 6:39,40, John 17:12, Luke 1:37.

23. Read these verses and write down at least one that pertains to your life? The LORD is longsuffering, patient with me because it is not His will that I perish. Everything that he has willed has come to pass, therefore, the earth produces the fruits that I need to survive and the plan of salvation made before the beginning of the world is there for me. There is nothing that can stop Him. Satan will never rule! I am His sheep and He knows me and nothing can snatch me from His hand. He will give me eternal life and will raise me to be with Him. None who know Him will perish. No word of God is void of power. All that He wills for me will be accomplished if I am yielded to His will.

L. He orders the ways of men

Read Proverbs 16:9.

We work and think and plan, but it is God who directs our ways. We have the choice to follow where He leads us or to go our own way. We should subject ourselves to His leadership and let Him have His way with us.

Proverbs 16:1-4,

24. What do we need to do in order to be successful?

Read  Proverbs 16:9, Proverbs 3:5, Psalm 25:4, Proverbs 1:33, Isaiah 48:17, Isaiah 58:11, Psalm 48:14, Psalm 37:4-7, Philippians 1:6, Psalm 37:23,

25. Write a one or two-line motto using the truths obvious to you when reading these verses. This is mine. “I am far too smart to disregard the advice of  God, but I am so Spiritually  deaf that I do not always hear it plainly.”  “Don’t do a stinkin’ thing until you have heard from God about it.”
We can plan out our lives, or simply what we will say or what we will do when an occasion presents itself, but God is sovereign and will overrule anything that does not accomplish His purpose. In order to experience answered prayer, in order to receive good things from the provider, we must make sure that what we ask for is within His will.

M. He ordains the conditions and circumstances of man.

 Read  I Samuel 2:7-8

This verse confuses me because I do not understand why some people are so poor and needy and others experience the comfort and luxury that wealth brings. However, I know that God has a reason and we will someday understand. When I think of the Spiritual areas of a man’s life, I realize that all can be rich beyond anything man’s mind can dream up for himself. Man does not have the capacity to accomplish anything for God in His own effort, power, or strength. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit can we win souls, become strengthened in our resolve to follow God, or understand the Wisdom given to us in His word. If we do not like the way God rules the universe He created, then we need to create our own and run it the way we wish. Since we live in His Universe, we have to do it His way and trust Him as the omnipotent one, the omniscient one,
the omnipresent one. We can have peace knowing that He is El Roi, the one who  sees and understands the suffering and afflictions of His people. He is Jehovah  Rapha, the one who heals and He is Jehovah Shammah, the one who is there. He is Jehovah Tsidkenu, the LORD our righteousness when we have none of our own. He
is Jehovah Mekoddishkem, the one who sanctifies us and prepares us for our meeting with Jesus in the clouds of glory. It is He and He alone who has the right, wisdom, and ability to ordain the conditions and circumstances of man.

N. Determines the period of human life

Read  Acts 17:26

26.   According to this scripture, what else did God determine? God is the source of all things and He made all the necessary decisions that we are not capable of making. Not one of us can add one second to the days of our lives.

O. He defeats the plans of the wicked and overrules the wicked designs against good.

Read II Samuel 17:14-15 , Genesis 50:20

 Absolom had made the despicable decision to dethrone His father David, the anointed of God. He gathered the wise men of the kingdom, including those who had served under His father and asked them for advice. Hushai,
remained loyal to David and Absolom, whose heart mind was directed by God to follow advice that would ultimately help His father listened to him. When this verse refers to the good advice of Ahithophel, who would have benefited from his advice, Absolom or David?

27.  Can you think of any other stories in the Bible where God defeated the plans of the wicked?

P. He preserves the course of nature

 Read  Psalm 104:5-9

28. Do you depend on God to preserve the course of nature? Think of some ways in which you take His
order for granted. process of aging, every good drought ends with a rain,  childbirth, death, the seasons, snow melts when the temperature rises…We take God’s order for granted. We live in a well-ordered Universe in which the very movements of the sun and moon tell us when it is time to plant the seeds and when it is time to reap the treasures from the earth that will sustain us during the harsh winter months. These things were known from ancient times by people who had never heard of a telescope, but they had sense enough to figure out God’s timing for their lives.

S. He  directs all events

Read Joshua 7:14

In this story, Achan had sinned.

29. What did God tell Joshua to do? God still directs the affairs of man. In the New Testament, a similar incident occurred. The sin of Annanias and Saphirra was made known by the Holy Spirit in the early church. God deals with each of us in a personal way by having the Holy Spirit convict us of our sins. He deals with us as individuals, churches, and as nations.

R. He rules the elements

Read Isaiah 50:2

30. From previous studies, can you give the names of God that relate to His role as Creator, Sustainer, and God Almighty?

S. He orders the minutest matters

Read  Matthew 10:29-31

31. A. If God is aware of the thousands of sparrows that inhabit the earth, what can we infer from this verse?

B.  Does this verse give you comfort? Write a short prayer thanking God for His  provision of this verse that assures us of our worth to Him.

Chapter 5 Jehovah Jireh…How do I access the provision of God…Part 3

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5 Jehovah Yireh—How Do I Access the Provision of God?—Part Three

The name of
Elohim declares that Jehovah created and loves His creation. He loves mankind and is always working to support creation, to maintain it so it continues.

Psalm 8:3-9

3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 5 You have made them a
little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:  all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

These verses make it clear that God is maintaining His creation for the benefit of mankind,
who in his own strength is incapable of caring for himself or the earth on
which he lives.  It is this attribute,  this love, that enabled the Triune God to covenant with Himself to provide the
sacrifice needed to cleanse mankind from his awful transgressions. The will of Elohim is to take care of His creation because He loves it and He is willing to make any provision, any sacrifice to bring mankind back into a right relationship with Himself.

Jehovah…Yahweh…I AM WHO I I AM…always has
been, is now, always will be. He is beyond human comprehension, transcendent,
yet, it is He who determined to create humanity. Why? I find myself thinking
about that a lot. He says it was for His glory.

Isaiah 43:7  
every one that is called by my name, and whom I have created for my
glory, whom I have formed, yea, whom I have made

Why ?

He knew what we were going to be. He knew us when we were still a puddle of mud and clay. He
knew us when we were in the womb of our mothers, before our cells were knit together.  Psalm 139:13   For thou didst form my inward parts: Thou didst cover me in my mother’s womb.

Yet, clearly aware, omniscient of our capacity to sin, aware of the Hitler’s, Bill Gacey’s, Mousillini’s, and Caligula’s he went on with His plan. Painfully cognizant of every foul murder, sexual atrocity, and cruel act toward the innocent; with full knowledge of our ability to lie, misrepresent, cheat, and lust… He created us anyway. Of course he knew about the Mother Theresa’s of humanity, but were they enough to offset the hideous reality of the mind of man?  He knew what we would be, yet He declared that He would defer His anger and refine us!

Isaiah 48:9-11  For my
name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.

10 Behold, I have
refined thee, but not as silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

11 For mine own sake, for mine own sake, will I do it; for how should my name be profaned? and my
glory will I not give to another.

Jesus said none of us are good.  Romans 3:10. as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;

I could not sacrifice my son for the likes of these. But this He determined to do, before their creation? It is beyond the feeble understanding of mankind.  God has a capability for love that is beyond
our understanding.  It is a consuming love, passionate, capable of forgiving, and redeeming.  It was a love that was willing to make whatever sacrifice was necessary to save the object of His love.  Having determined to create man and provide a plan of redemption when man failed and proved himself unfit for fellowship with
the Father, He began to build a creation that would provide an ecosystem, an orderly universe full of beauty as well as provision for every need of man.  Then He created man in His own image.  From the beginning man was intended to reflect the glory of God.  He was to multiply and fill the earth, so the knowledge of God’s glory would cover the sea.  And what is the definition of God’s glory?  God’s glory is the perfect musical harmony of His Names, His attributes, as they merge into infinity and reveal one perfect, beautiful, and personal being, resonating with warmth, love and wisdom.

Would a God like this want to hear from me or from you? Would this God care about our daily need? 1 John 4:8  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

God is love and the nature of love is to focus on others.  John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.  Because God is love He can be depended on to be true to His nature.   The evidence of His love is throughout the Bible.  Jehovah
is faithful to fulfill His promises. Jehovah determined to bring us into being with free will even though He knew it would break His heart. Doubtless He sees something that makes it all worthwhile, not in us certainly, but in His divine will, He sees an objective that will magnify His glory and accomplish His divine will. The characteristic of love is seen in Elohim, who wants to cherish us and sustain us. The characteristic of El Shaddai shows us the power and abundance available to us and Jehovah Jireh is the one who provides. He is the one who takes care of the problems. In Jehovah is the love, the sustenance, the power and the ability to provide for our needs.

So why do we go without? Why do face need of any kind? If He loves us so much, where is He? We can see that He determined before time to love us and care for us. We can see that He loves and cherishes His creation and has the power, abundance, and sufficiency to nourish and care for us. And we can see that He has determined to take care of us. We can see He wants to, He can, and He does provide for our needs, yet so often we weep because He is not answering our prayers. How can we access the power and love promised to us?  We will discuss this question and look for answers in the following studies.

El Shaddai Working In Us

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El Shaddai Working In Us

                                  2 Hebrews 7:25 (KJV)                          …… American Standard …able to save forever

                                                                                                          …. Darby Bible Translation…able to save completely  

                                                                                                       … Youngs Literal Translation…able to save to the very end

Only El Shaddai is able to save to the uttermost.

 1.   John 1:1 (KJV)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  Who is this verse describing?_____________   Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) Since Jesus is the

word, He is quick and __________________________.

2.   El Shaddai  judges, chastens and purges us.  According to Lamentations 3:22-23 ( KJV) It is only God’s mercy that we are not consumed, because he is compassionate.  Praise Almighty,

Great is His _______________________________.

 3.  Luke 6:35(KJV)5 tells us to do love our enemies and do good to them.  How does omnipotent El Shaddai treat the evil? He is  _________ to them.

4.  El Shaddai, Almighty God is able to save to the utmost.  Romans 15:5(KJV)  Were He not the God of ______________________________________, we would all be doomed.

5.  Which of these three words best fits Psalm 147:4-5(KJV) omipotent, omnipresent, omniscient.

6.  Johnh 15:9-10(KJV)  In order for El Shaddai to make us fruitful, we must keep His commandments and abide in His __________________________.

7.  James 4:12(KJV)  El Shaddai is the one lawgiver who judges, and destroys, but  will also ____________________________those who believe.

8.  Jude 24(KJV)  El Shaddai is sufficient to keep us from falling from grace.  He has the strength to present us faultless before the throne nourished, satisfied, and full of



9.  John 15:1-8(KJV)  We can bear no ____________________________________witho9ut the nourishment of El Shaddai.


10.  Psalm 107:9(KJV)  Only El Shaddai___________________________________the longing soul.


11.  John 16:33(KJV)  El Shaddai is all powerful, Almighty God, able to overcome the world that we might have___________________________________.


12.  Revelation 15:4(KJV)  El Shaddai, the one who judges us is_________________________________________________________. 


13.  Proverbs 16:6(KJV  El Shaddai _______________________________________our sin with mercy and truth.

Transcendent means beyond comprehension, extending beyond the limits of ordinary experience, beyond the limits of all possible experience and knowledge.  Read Isaiah 6:3, Isaiah 40:28, and Isaiah 55:8-9.  List 5 words or phrases from these verses that give the essence of the transcendence of God.

14. Isaiah 57:15(KJV) What does El Shaddai occupy??___________________________________________.

15.  Colossians 2:9 How much of the deity, Godhead, was in Jesus?   A)331/3%   B)  50%   C) 100%

16.  John 14:11(KJV)  We are to __________________________________________that Jesus and God Almighty are one.


17.  Ephesians 1:7(KJV)  He satisfies our need for redemption through the _______________________________________________of our sins according to the richness of His grace. 


18.  Hebrews 9:12(KJV)  Because Jesus is El Shaddai, Almighty God, infinite and eternal, He can provide eternal___________________________________________for the infinite sins of


19.  Jeremiah 11:20(KJV)  El Shaddai is a righteous judge and _____________________________________________our cause fairly.


20.    2 Peter 1:4-11(American Standard)  In order to have the fruitful growth supplied by El Shaddai, we must strive for (v6)  __________________   ___________________________.


21.  Psalm 107:9(KJV)El Shaddai satisfies the longing of our soul by filling it with ___________________________________________.

22.  Matthew 28:18(KJV)  Jesus is A)omniscient  B)  omnipresent   C)  omnipotent

23.  Revelation 3:7(KJV)  El Shaddai is Holy and true and He will tell us only the _________________.

24.  1 Timothy 4:5-6(KJV)  We are ____________________________________________by the words of faith and of good doctrine.




25  Revelation 3:7(KJV)  El Shaddai is Holy and true and He will tell us only the _________________.

26.  1 Timothy 4:5-6(KJV)  We are ____________________________________________by the words of faith and of good doctrine.

Is Jesus El Shaddai Essay

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Is Jesus El Shaddai

How would you describe Jesus?  Let’s list the words here.


Now think about the attributes of El Shaddai and circle the words that pertain to Almighty God.

That should answer the question should it not?  But let us go through and methodically find what the Word of God says about Jesus as Almighty God, El Shaddai. Almighty God is able to carry out all His plans and purposes to the glorious and triumphant ends He foresaw at the beginning.  He is able to subdue all things to Himself.  Nothing is impossible for Him.

 Does the Bible identify Jesus as mighty, powerful, and transcendent?  Is He connected with the act of creation?  Is He the nourisher, the strength giver, the satisfier, who pours Himself into the lives of believers?  Does He chasten and purge and judge creation? Is He abundantly able to save above what we could ever wish or dream?


Is Jesus part of the Trinity?

 Colossians 2:9  For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity (plumera) lives in bodily form,

He is everything that God is because the fullness of the Godhead is in Him.  It could not be said more plainly.  The Greek πλήρωμα) “pleroma” generally refers to the totality of divine powers. In Him is 100% of the Godhead.  This word is used nowhere else in the New Testament.

1 Timothy 3:16   Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:    He appeared in the flesh,    was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.



This verse forms the creed of the church from earliest times.  Jesus Christ is part of the Triune God.  He is the holy Son of God who became a man and entered human conditions.  His spiritual attributes were hidden from man.  He was the word made flesh.  Just as God was not visible in the tabernacle, His Spirit was there and He dwelt among the Israelites.  Jesus was the tabernacle brought to dwell among us.  He was born flesh and dwelt or pitched His tent among us John 1:14

Read along with me as we dissect this verse. 


Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: (What is the mystery of godliness… Jesus came, paid the sin penalty, and is making us who believe godly.)He appeared in the flesh(refers to the virgin birth,His spiritual preexistence from eternity, but became a man and lived in ordinary human conditions.)was vindicated by the Spirit(justified when He came back from the dead.),was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. (He is now in Heaven at God’s right hand and we worship Him because His power as El Shaddai has brought redemption for mankind.)




Is Jesus connected to the act of creation?


1 Peter 1:20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.


Barnes Notes on the new Testament ; It was predetermined from eternity, before the world was created, before man was created, before the angels were created, that Jesus would be the great atoning sacrifice for sin.


 1 Colossians 1:16-17  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.


We are plainly told that Jesus was  present before time began.  He was involved in the planning, All things were made by Him(He is the Creator, not the creation)  Jesus was present and active during Creation.


 Almighty God is able to forgive sin.  He chastens purges and judges sin.


Matthew 9:2, He forgave his sins then healed the paralytic man, Luke 7:48  He forgave the woman who washed His feet, dried them with her hair, and anointed them with precious oil; Luke 23:42,43 He forgave the thief on the cross.


Jesus was the first to forgive the sins of man in the flesh. No being had ever existed with the authority  to directly utter the forgiveness of sin.  The priest, Saducees and Pharisees were horrified, but then Jesus proved He had the authority to forgive the man’s sins by healing his body.  He proved Himself to be able to present man spotless before the throne.  He has authority over man both physically and spiritually.  Jesus could see invisible sin, and could forgive it or condemn it.  He has the powers of discernment, forgiveness and condemnation to make Him the perfect judge.


Is Jesus entitled to receive worship?


Only God Almighty is worthy to receive worship.

Exodus 20:3,  The first commandment, thou shalt have no other gods before me.  In that day it was popular to worship many gods. Unfortunately in these days it is popular to worship no god.  Deuteronomy 6:13  Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name., Isaiah 42:8“I am the LORD; that is my name!
   I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.


God is worthy and rather definite about how we are to regard Him.  It would be blasphemy in the highest form for Jesus to claim that He was almighty God.  If He were only a prophet, he would not have accepted worship from others.  He would rebuke those who bent their knees before Him as the apostles did after the resurrection.  Jesus did not rebuke His worshipers but accepted it as His due.

Matthew 8:2, The leper worshipped Him and said if Thou will Thou can make me clean.  Matthew 2:2  The wise men worshipped Him., Matthew 14:33 The disciples worshipped Him when they saw Him walking on the water., and. Luke 7:47-50 The woman who bathed his feet.


All powerful, able to subdue nature and change its natural course according to His purpose.


Jesus spent His three year ministry demonstrating His ability to control nature and subdue it to His will.  He walked on water John 6:16-21, calmed the storm Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25 and Matthew 8:23-27 , turned water into wine, John 2:1-11, raised the dead; Jairus daughter Matthew 9:18,19,23-25 , Widow’s son Luke 7:11-15, , Lazarus John 11:1,4-7,14,15,17,19-27,32-44, fed five thousand on two fish and five loaves of bread  Matthew 14:13-21
:52 and the four thousand Mark 8:1-9, healed thousands of the sick, blind, and deaf with a word. 


John 21:25  Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.


Witnesses to these events asked with awe, and trembling, “What manner of man is this that even the winds and the sea obey His voice?”  Those witnesses came to the conclusion that Jesus is surely the Son of God.  He is El Shaddai, Almighty God, and they knelt and gave Him the worship that is His due.


 All sufficient, all bountiful



All things were created by Him and are sustained by Him.  John 1:1-3,

Colossians 1:15-19 , 2:9

The fullness of the Godhead is in Him.  Jesus is fully God and fully man.  He was as human as you are and the full divinity of the Father was in Him. 


We can be made full through Him.  Every human being can be made complete by Him.  The gospel is for every man, that all should be presented complete in Christ.  Christ work is not limited.  His power is not limited.  His glory is not limited.  The hope of glory is for every man. 


“Christ in you, the hope of glory, whom we proclaim, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus…” Colossians 1:27-28.

 Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  We sometimes confuse our wants with our needs.  He does give us our wants out of His surplus and because of His loving kindness, but His

 promise is to provide for our needs.  How can Jesus meet all our needs?  Because He is the all sufficient, all bountiful, Almighty God, El Shaddai.


  Able to save to the utmost 

Hebrews 7:25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.  

How is He able to save to the utmost? Jesus fulfilled the covenant made before creation to complete the pure, sinless, undefiled, innocent, bloody sacrifice for the sins of mankind. He came into our midst an innocent baby and remained sinless for the duration of His life here on earth.  He was tempted as we are, yet He did not sin.  He knew the cross awaited Him but He remained steadfast in His desire to fulfill the will of the Father.  The radiance of His perfect life and a character without flaw or blemish reflected the moral glory of heaven.  Only an infinite, eternal, all powerful God could take on every murderous deed and thought of countless generations of mankind and bury them in the deepest sea, to never be seen again.  This infinite compassionate God needs only to hear the call of one sinful man to offer himself as the sacrifice for their sin.  He is not a dead god, but a risen Savior who serves as our intercessor at the right hand of God the Father.
 Omnipresent, transcendent, omnipotent, omniscient

Colossians 2:9, John 1:14, 1 Timothy 3:16 .  We discussed these verses before.  J. Vernon McGee combines them in one sentence “Out of eternity the Word became flesh.”  Jesus was full of grace, full of truth, full of deity.  He cannot be anything more because He already had it.  When the Bible says He has the fullness of the Godhead that includes all the properties of godhood such as omnipresence, (everywhere at once)The Lord Jesus Christ also called Himself omnipresent when He said: “No man hath ascended up to heaven but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of Man who is in heaven … For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (John 3:13, Matt. 18:20).  transcendent, (beyond comprehension, extending beyond the limits of ordinary experience, beyond the limits of all possible experience and knowledge),  and onmipotent, (having virtually unlimited authority and experience)Christ again referred to Himself as eternal and consequently to be omnipotent.  : “‘I Am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ saith the Lord who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8). And omniscience, (having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight, possessed of universal or complete knowledge)He called Himself omniscient (all-knowing), saying “As the Father knoweth Me, even so I know the Father” (John 10:15). .  He is the image of the invisible God and has all the power of heaven and earth.  McDonald’s Believers Bible Commentary says it this way…”The Savior was full of grace and truth.  On the one hand, full of undeserved kindness for others.  He was also completely honest and upright, and He never excused sin or approved evil.  To be completely gracious and at the same time completely righteous is something only God can be.”


Nourishes, gives strength, and satisfies

Jonathan Edwards [1723], Sermons and Discourses: 1723-1729 (WJE Online Vol. 14) , Ed. Kenneth P. Minkema [word count] [jec-wjeo14].

I don’t think I could say it better than the great Jonathan Edwards who said this in a sermon he preached in 1729.


“The grace of Christ Jesus nourishes the soul; it gives life and strength to it. Before the soul receives this grace, it is dead. In this (grace) doth more than bread does to the body, (bread only preserves the life of the body.  Bread only revives the body when it is weak and languishing.) But this heavenly food revives men when they are (spiritually) dead. And it also continues the life of the soul: the soul, after it is revived, would die again, were it not for the continuance supply of grace and spiritual nourishment. It strengthens the soul as food does (for)the body. The soul in its natural condition is a poor, feeble, languishing thing, having no strength; but the grace of Christ makes it strong and vigorous. And this spiritual nourishment makes the soul to grow, as food (makes the body grow). The supplies of the Spirit of God increase the life and vigor of the soul, increases the understanding, increases holy inclinations and affections; “


Without the grace shown us by Christ our soul would shrivel and die.  Because of the nourishment given by His grace, our Spirit can flourish and become vigorous which in turn invigorates the strength of the physical body.


Makes us fruitful

John 15:1-8 tells us we can bear no fruit without Him.  As the fruit can only be borne if it is connected to the vine, so our fruit can only develop when connected to Christ.  When we subject ourselves to His careful pruning we can bear even more fruit.

Romans 5:3-5  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

   5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples


God works in our lives to produce the character of Christ in us.

We cannot produce fruit by ourselves.  I have tried!  A good example is when I try to be meek.  As soon as I accomplish meekness in one instance of my life I get proud that I was meek….Bang, just like that I lose my meekness and humility. 


His divine power is all we need to live life to the full and grow to be like Christ full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.  The Christian life is very serious business and can only be attained by John 14:25  abiding in Him and He in us.  He affects every area of our lives and reigns over us.  John 15:5  Apart from Him we can truly do nothing


Jesus claimed to be Jehovah and the Bible screams His divinity from the first verse of Genesis to the last page of Revelation.  Revelation 1:5-8, Jesus, who cannot lie is a faithful witness that He is El Shaddai, Almighty God“I and My Father are one … He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father … I am in the Father and the Father in Me … all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine … We will come unto him and make our abode with him” (John 10:30, 14:9, 14:10, 17:10 and 14:23). These and other similar expressions all indicate His divine nature.Revelation 4:8, Isaiah 6:3  The four creatures before the throne declare throughout eternity that Jesus Christ is Jehovah, El Shaddai, Almighty God. God the Father testified about Him saying, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17) The Holy Spirit whispers gently to our hearts that Jesus Christ is El Shaddai. 


Jesus is the faithful witness that what is written in the Bible about Him is true and we can believe it because He was there and saw it all happen.  His power made it happen.  He is the first to rise from the dead never to die again so those who are His own may follow in resurrection.  He is exalted and every knee shall bow in worship of Him.  Only El Shaddai could accomplish His purpose to loose us from our sins by the shedding of His blood.  He is infinite Almighty God and He alone is able to sacrifice His blood for an infinite number of sins.  And as a bonus, He continues to shed forth His grace, to nourish, supply, and satisfy our needs.  He is ever ready to chasten, purify, and cleanse those He loves.

 Jesus has the characteristics of Elo Shaddai.  He is Almighty God.






El Shaddai Crypto-Family Puzzle


El Shaddai Crypto-Family

Each crypto family is a list of related words in code.  When you have identified a word, use the known letters to help decode the other words in the family.  Each word is a characteristic of Almighty God…










































































































































































































































































Well, again my good intentions have been foiled.  I have been having the back injections and Sheila has been painting my kitchen.  I could not let her do it by herself. could I?  So between painting and recovering from the injections…  So, I am back at it.  I have set myself some goals for each day.  Maybe I will be able to produce something that will glorify Him who saves us!


My intention when beginning this project was to post twice a week, however, as intentions often do….  Now that some of the physical issues have been resolved, maybe I can devote more time to the study of God’s Holy Word.  God bless you all and I hope you will come back to study God’s word with me.  I love hearing what He has to say.

Jehovah Jireh Answers chapter 5 Part 2

Answers Jehovah Jireh Chapter 5 Part Two

  1. He is close at hand.
  2. He is near to all who call upon Him.
  3. He provides refuge, strength, help, and a stronghold.
  4. Man needs to be reconciled with God.
  5. We are condemned to death without reconciliation with God.
  6.  We are conceived in sin.
  7. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness—only wounds and and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with olive
  8. The natural man considers the things of God to be foolish. Because God can only become understood through the influence of the Spirit.  The carnal mind is even hostile to God.
  9. The natural man becomes trapped by the devil and is captive to do his will. He becomes a slave to the devil and his life is lived in darkness and in the shadow of death.
  10. As a result, fallen man comes under the wrath of God because of his disobedience.
  11. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.

Jehovah Jireh Chapter 5 Part Two

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Jehovah Jireh je-ho’-va-ji’-re (yahweh yir’-eh,

The Lord Will Provide

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalm 84:11.

We often think of our physical needs, in fact we sometimes obsess over them.  Sometimes the things we catalog as “needs” are really “wants.” God does indeed give us all we need to maintain a right relationship with Him.  He provides the means for our physical needs to be met also. 

  1.  Where is God in our time of trouble, in our time of joy, in our time of routine life?

Read Jeremiah 23:23-24

2.  To whom is the Lord near?

Read Psalm 145:18

3.   What does God provide in our time of trouble?

Read Psalm 46:1, Nahum 1:7

He is near to us, accessible, ready to commune with us before we even see our need. He provides refuge, strength, help, and a stronghold.

The Scriptures clearly tell us that God is near and that He wants to commune with us. He sees our human need and because He is El Shaddai, He is sufficient to meet that need in a bountiful and abundant way.  He can meet the need in a supernatural way as He did with Abraham and Sarai and the birth of Isaac. It can be in a seemingly natural way that could be explained away, as He did when He provided a ram caught in the thorns for Abraham to use as a sacrifice.  He did not send it in the arms of an angel; it was caught on the thorns so Abraham could easily get to it.  Abraham did not need a flock of sheep, so God sent just one pure unblemished sacrifice.  How often do we miss the provision of the Lord and dismiss it as a stroke of luck, chance, or being in the right place at the right time.

4.  What is our greatest need?

Romans 5:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

5.  Why does man need reconciliation?

 Romans 5:12-19    

6.  When does sin become apparent in a person’s life?

Psalm 51:5; 58:3

We are conceived in sin and are sinners from the beginning.  We are born carnal.  Our spiritual life is not apparent without God’s love to awaken it.  man became an object of abhorrence to God when he fell in Adam.

7.  How does man appear without Christ’s robe of righteousness?

 Isaiah. 1:6

8.   Can the carnal man understand the things of the spirit?

1Corinthians 2:14; Romans 8:7

 9.   What happens to the natural man without God?

2 Timothy 2:24-26, Luke 1:78-79, Hebrews 2: 14-15

10.  What is the result of continuing to live in our fallen natural state?

Ephesians 2:3  

11.  Will we try to find God in our natural state?

Romans 8:7

12.  What has to happen to bring about reconciliation with God?

Colossians 1:20-22 

Our greatest need is one we are not aware of until we are convicted by The Holy Spirit.  Jeremiah 6:15  “Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?    No, they have no shame at all;    they do not even know how to blush.” is talking about the enemies of Israel, but aren’t we all like this before we come convicted by the Holy Spirit?  From before creation, God knew of this need.  He knew creation could not provide for this need of propitiation for sin.

  Isaiah 40:16  “Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.”

  The cattle of a thousand hills, which by the way, belong to God, would create an ocean of blood, but it would not be enough.

Heb. 10:4 “It is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins”

God knew nature could not provide what we needed nor could we provide it for each other.

 Heb. 10:4 “Men may themselves die, but in death each man who dies only pays his own debt to nature; there is nothing left for another.”

Ps. 49:7  “None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:”

The ransom had to satisfy the need for justice and righteousness in the eyes of Jehovah.  It had to be an infinite sacrifice conceived in love to cover an infinite number of sins.  It had to be pure and unblemished by sin.

Redemption is God’s business.  Where else can we find redemption for the multitudes that would be effective in ransoming us from death and hell?  Only Jehovah Jireh could provide.  Only He could say, “Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom” (Job 33:24).

Jehovah, Almighty God is a righteous God who loves justice.  He is Holy and not only demands holiness from His own, but cannot receive that which is unholy into His presence.

Because Jehovah is Elohim, the Creator who loves His creation, He made a promise to Himself to clothe His creation in righteousness that He might be reconciled and brought into eternal fellowship.  The attribute of fullness, bounty, all sufficiency belong to Jehovah as El Shaddai.  He is fully able to purge us, chastise us, and save us to the uttermost.  And He is willing, even eager to do so because He is Jehovah Jireh.  Before time began, He determined that He would take care of it.

Jehovah Jireh Chapter 5

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Jehovah Jireh Chapter 5 part One

Jehovah Jireh   

je-ho’-va-ji’-re (yahweh yir’-eh,


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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