7 Jehovah Mephalte, Our Deliverer, Part One

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Romans 7:24 KJV O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

When we talked about the God of righteousness, Jehovah Tsidkenu, we found that this awesome God can tolerate no sinful condition in his presence.  And man…has no claim to righteousness.  Romans 3:10-18    As it is written:  “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands;     there is no one who seeks God.  12 All have turned away; they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. 13 Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips.  14 Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery mark their ways, 17 and the way of peace they do not know. 18     There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Sobering, gut wrenching news!  Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation, favored by God was not a righteous man.  Righteousness was given him because of his faith in what God told him.  Not one human being has sought God, understands God, or even wants God.  Gentile and Jew have turned away from Him.  We do not even want to obey God and we are of absolutely no use to him.  There is no hope.  Or is there?  Now for the rest of the story,

God has a history in the role of deliverer. Without God our struggle in our own strength is doomed to failure.  Romans 8:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. God has provided deliverance.  Looking at the definition of the word “deliverer, we can find many instances of God in his holy role as Jehovah Mephalte, deliverer of his people. The definition of deliverer in Webster made me ask;   “How does God meet these definitions?”  We will discuss how Jesus meets this definition in another segment.

The definition of deliverer:

1.       to set free:

God had promised to deliver the Israelites from their exile in a strange land many years before the slavery of that nation occurred. The only hope for deliverance from the Hebrew exile was through the promise given to Abraham that his descendants would be made slaves in a strange land but that he would deliver them from that bondage.  Genesis 15:13-14   “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions’.”

Read Exodus 6:6-8.  How did God act as Jehovah Mephalte in this verse?  From your previous experience in the word of God, was this promise of deliverance kept?  How many times does the phrase I will appear in this text?

These are the seven “I wills of redemption.  (J Vernon McGee, Through the Bible)

a)    I will bring you out from under your burden.  God will deliver us from the burden of sin.

b)    I will redeem you with outstretched arms.  God is reaching for us with love and longing.  He has a plan to salvage us from our sins, but he must come to him for it.

c)    I will take you to me for a people.  He not only has plans to save us; he has plans for our future.

d)    I will be to you a God.  He chose us before the foundation of the world.  “He does not struggle to love His own in spite of their failures, God love his own because it is His nature to love.  He wants to be our God.”  (J Vernon McGee.)

e)     I will bring you into the land.   These “I wills” are a picture of what God wants to do for us.  The Old Testament is a picture, an arrow, pointing to Christ.  The land that was promised to the Israelites was Canaan.  For us, it is a picture of the Christian life as we should be living it.  We are given all spiritual blessings.  The Holy Spirit gives us the power to utilize and enjoy them.  Ephesians 4:1, And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, Ephesians 54:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

  f)      And I will give you the land for a heritage.  Our heritage is our salvation and it involves so much more than we realize.  We have access to God; The Holy Spirit to strengthen us and teach us, God’s love is real.  We have been delivered from the wrath we deserve.  We have been justified and have peace with him and in our hearts if we will just receive it.

  1.  to take and hand over to or leave for another: convey <deliver a package>hand over, surrender

Read  Exodus 23:30-31, Romans 3:24, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 4:3, Romans 5:13,18-21, Exodus 20:3-17. 

From these verses make a list of ways God has acted as Jehovah Mephalte, the Lord our Deliverer by taking, handing over, or conveying something?  Can you think of others?  Write them and the Bible verses to share with others.

He has no reason to justify us.  He freely gives us grace, his unmerited favor, because we need it. We receive his grace, through faith, which is also given if we listen to the word of God.

Adam’s sin, his disobedience brought condemnation and death.  The infinite Christ’s one act of obedience brought righteousness and life eternal.

3.  to assist in giving birth

Read 1 Samuel 1:1-9, Gen. 25:23, Genesis 17:15-16.  .  From your reading of the above verses, discuss how God acted as deliverer in the lives of these three women.

Jehovah Mephalte is merciful, all seeing, and all powerful.  Being a deliverer is just one characteristic of Yahweh.  He is interested in delivering us from our personal problems and stress.

4.       to send (something aimed or guided) to an intended target or destination:

God is a deliverer in this sense also for he delivers his word to his people.  Each time he gives his word, he also has a definite target or destination for his word as well as a definite purpose.

Read Jonah 1:1, What was the word given to Jonah and what was its intended target.

Read 1 Kings 17:1 What word did God give to Elijah and who was the target?

God also sent word to Elijah on at least two other occasions for another purpose.

Read 1 Kings 17:2-15, What did God say to Elijah and why? What did God send to Elijah other than his word?

Read 1 Kings 17:16-38. Who did God send Elijah to and why?

1 Kings 17:16-38 tells the story of a confrontation between the priest of Baal and The God of Elijah.  The verses that concern us as we define our deliver are 1 Kings 17:31-38.

Read 1 Kings 17:31-38.   What did God send to Elijah that ensured his victory over the priest of Baal?

Elijah was sent to deliver God’s opposition to the worship of Baal and those who were participating in that worship.  He was given words of prophesy and signs of great wonder to verify his rebukes from God. God also sent word to Elijah advising him as to where he could find protection and sustenance from his enemies.

5.  to come through with: produce <can deliver the best results>

God always delivers.  He can be counted on to follow through on his promises.  Many stories in the Bible talk about God answering prayers.  Abraham would be the first to declare that God always delivers on his promises.

Daniel, a prisoner of Nebuchadnezzar, was expected enter the kings service after being trained in the ways of Babylon.  This included the worship of strange Gods, idols, which Daniel knew was forbidden in his own religion.  Daniel 1:88 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king’s dainties, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.  He retained his faith in the most high God and was rewarded with wisdom and good health.  Later we read of the kings perplexing dreams, which only Daniel was able to interpret through revelation from God.

 Read Daniel 2:47-49 47 God sent the dreams to Pharaoh as a warning and he sent the answers to his faithful servant Daniel.  What was the result?

6.  to produce the promised, desired, or expected results:

God delivered Noah and his family and sent them out to repopulate the earth.  Abraham received the promised son.  Israel received the promised land, at least all of it that they were brave enough to take.

Read Joshua 5:13-15, Joshua 6:2.  Joshua 6:20.

The people marched around the city of Jericho as they were instructed.  I wonder if they knew what was going to happen.  Certainly the people of Jericho did not know. What was promised? What was the desired result of God’s instructions and did it come to pass.

How dumbfounded they must have been.  They got the desired results from Jehovah Mephalte.  All they had to do was rush through the broken walls and take the city.  He had delivered what he had promised.

7.  rescuer:

Read Revelation 13:8.  Who was to rescue mankind?

Jesus is the fireman, the policeman, the Coast Guard.  He is the Marine, the foot soldier, the Navy and the Air Force.  He alone can save us.

The plan of the Trinity (Elohim) before the world began was to save mankind. Jesus is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  The blood of this sacrifice streams throughout the stories of the Bible.  The plan to rescue mankind involved all members of the Godhead.  The Father would give His Son to be the sacrifice.  Jesus would be the innocent sacrifice who would die to pay the penalty for the sin of man.   His blood would be offered to cover man and provide the justification necessary for him to enter the kingdom of heaven acceptable to God because of what Christ had accomplished on the cross.  John 3:16; 10:17-18 The Holy Spirit would provide the line of communication between God and men.  He would teach men the knowledge and power of the grace that was offered to whoever would come.

And of course Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego, and Daniel in the Lion’s den.  God personally entered the fiery furnace to rescue them and shut the mouths of the lions to deliver Daniel.

8.   Preserver

Psalm 12:7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.

Read   Psalm 31:23NIV. Psalm 41:1-3NIV Psalm 97:10 ASV Who does the Lord preserve?

Though we might fail in our walk with God, he does not forsake us but instead preserves us.     Our souls are protected by Jehovah Mephalte.

And my favorite…Psalm 116:6. The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.   I love this verse because it refers to me personally and I am grateful he thought to preserve the simple.

Jehovah Mephalte, The Lord Our Deliverer; how I need him.  He sets me free, delivers his word to me, and conveys grace and favor to me.  He assists women in giving birth.  He always keeps his promises and his word produces results.  He personally enters the fiery furnace of our trouble and iniquity to save us.  He always delivers the promised, desired and expected results promised by his word.  He rescues us from death itself and preserves us by the efforts of the Holy Spirit that we might enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Jehovah Jireh Chapter 5 part 5 Essay Why are our prayers not answered?

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Summary of conditions to be met for prayer to be answered

 

As we study God’s word, we see how He has provided in a myriad of circumstances,
sometimes with miracles as with Elisha and the widow, sometimes with circumstances as with Esther, and answers to our problems seem distant and farfetched.  We wonder how we can access His provision for
ourselves in a personal way. First let me say that I believe prayers are answered in a mighty way, just not always the way we would wish at the time we pray.

I want to summarize the conditions for answered prayer.  Do I believe that all of these conditions
must be met for prayer to be answered? No, I do not.

5 And Jehovah descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of Jehovah.
6 And Jehovah passed by before him, and proclaimed, Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness and truth,
Exodus 34:5-6

God is merciful, full of love, mercy and compassion on his creation.  And that is the reason He answers prayer. He is God and does things just because He wants to.  For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy
on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.
Romans
9:15

Do I believe that we can motivate God to act on our behalf?  Ask Daniel whose persistent prayers caused a
powerful angel of God to fight the demons of darkness for 21 days in order to visit Daniel personally with answers to his questions. Daniel 10

Persistent prayers do get God’s attention, but thank God He most often acts from a completely “God motivation!”  We can read the Bible, pray, go to church, tithe as the Bible commands, serve and love others, worship, but it does not appear that any of those things by themselves can motivate God to act on our
behalf.  God is motivated by His love for us.  Not our actions, not our love for Him, but His love for us.  We do not get answered prayer because we have been good. Our good behavior is not what brings us blessings because our
righteousness is only a filthy rag in His sight.

For we are all become as one that is unclean, and all our righteousness are as a polluted garment: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. Isaiah 6:5

That is what redemption is all about.  Thank God my prayers are seen in the light of Christ and what He did on the cross and not on my own merit, because I could not expect any recognition based on that.  Our God is the only true God.  He could not be conceived by human imagination.  Man would dare to create a God that would respond on the basis of merit. But the true God responds because He does not see us as black or white,
good or not so good.  He makes no distinctions and His blessing flow to the righteous and the unrighteous.

 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.”But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.For if
you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same?
Matthew 5:43-46 

That being said, there are indications in Scripture that we can hinder our prayer efforts by certain behaviors.

The first prayer God answers is the sinner’s prayer of repentance.  Each of us must walk that path of deep remorse for our sins and the desire to be forgiven. We must have a deep rooted desire to turn from our sins and follow the  way Jesus sets before us.  We must acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God.  God spoke at Jesus’ baptism: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”  Matthew  3:17

He was born of a virgin. “. . . ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found  favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. . . . of his kingdom there will be no end.’ And Mary said to the angel, ‘How will this be, since I am a virgin?’ And the angel answered her,  ” The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of  God” Luke 1:30-35.

He lived a sinless life in human form.  Having then a great high priest, who hath passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  15 For we have not a high priest  that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews  4:14-16
21 Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we
might become the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21

We must understand that it was our own vile nature of sin that nailed a  compassionate willing Jesus to the cross in our own place.   “And  by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus
Christ once for all”
Hebrews  10:10.

We must be convinced that Jesus lay in the embrace of death for three days in a dark borrowed tomb and that He routed death forever when He rose on the third day.
because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved:
Romans 10:9.

No longer does man have to be separated from the gracious presence of God  Scripture.  We can face God dressed in the glorious robe of Christ, not because of anything we have done, but because of what Jesus did for us.

21 Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we
might become the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21

Before you pray, Seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33   What are all “these things”?   19 And  m God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Since Jesus is the author of all things physically and Spiritually, I take Him at His word.  How do I see His Kingdom?  (Luke 17: 20-21)  Jesus told the Pharisees the Kingdom of God was within them.  A  better translation might be “among you”.
Jesus is a representative of the Kingdom of God.  In Psalms 145:10-13 it says, “All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee, They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power. To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations”
.  The
LORDS prayer says Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Jesus is the Kingdom that is coming.

We are praying for His return.  We are to seek Him with reading and obedience to His teaching, prayer study, church attendance, giving, tithe, caring for others, and loving others.

Before you petition God, sincerely,  contritely, and fervently, ask for forgiveness of your sins.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. l John 1-9

If  we are forgiven when we become saved, why do we need to continue to ask for forgiveness.  I found this quote from  Pairtach. Puritanboard postgraduate, Puritan Board Forum that says it far better than I can.

‘“. Justification doesn’t mean :-

(a ) That God is not in some sense displeased when we sin (e.g. II Sam. 11:27)
(b) That we can stop confessing our sins and seeking renewed forgiveness,
cleansing, repentance and new obedience. (e.g. John 13:10) throughout our
lives.
(c) That so-called “little sins” can’t turn into “big sins” that can be
disastrous for our profession of faith and also our lives, and therefore they
need to be nipped in the bud. (e.g. I Corinthians 5:6).
(d) That – although God will never take His Holy Spirit from dwelling in a
justified sinner – He can and may remove His felt presence, usually because of
sin.(e.g. Psalm 51:11)
(e) That we may be chastised by God for various sins (e.g. Heb. 12:7) by
various troubles, or we may experience trouble from God’s hand, not because of
any particular sin(s) but to improve the quality of our faith, love and hope
and hone us to further perfection and maturity, like already pure gold being
purified further (e.g. Job 1:1; 40: 3-5; 42:5-6).
(f) That we may not sometimes or often lack assurance that we justified,
adopted and are being sanctified.”

Before you ask for God to prosper you, be sure you are observing and doing all of His commandments to the best of your ability.  Deuteronomy 28:1-68 lists the many blessing available to those who observe and are obedient to His wishes.

When you ask for God to guide and teach  you, be sure you are open to God.  When you ask Him to instruct you in His ways, ask in absolute awe and reverence, totally convinced that His laws are the only way to live.

10 All  the paths of Jehovah are loving kindness and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.  Psalm 25:10

If you truly want God to plan your life and delight in your path, then follow the path He has planned for you.

 Do not trust yourself, your own wisdom or understanding to plot a course to follow.  Psalm 37:23

Study the Scripture to know what God’s word says about How to live and be convinced that His way is the only true way.

If you want to have peace without fear of evil, then listen to God’s voice as He lovingly whispers in your ear as you
study as you go about your daily life, as you pray.  

18 And therefore will Jehovah wait, that he may be gracious unto you; and therefore will be be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for Jehovah is a God of justice; blessed are all they that wait for him.
19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; thou shalt weep no more; he will surely be gracious unto
thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear, he will answer thee.
20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be
hidden anymore, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers;
21 and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk
ye in it; when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
Isaiah 30:18-21

If you want to have immediate access to Him, then abide in the vine and be not cut from it. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in
Me
. John 15:4  Be connected!

If you want your prayers answered do not pray with wrong, selfish or evil motives. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your pleasures. James 4:3

If you want your prayers answered make sure that you are honoring your husband or wife, because God says your prayers are hindered if you are not doing that. I included the wife in this because I believe it to be inferred in the
previous scripture

Ye husbands, in like manner, dwell with your wives according to  knowledge, giving honor unto the woman, as unto the weaker vessel, as being  also  joint-heirs of the grace of life; to the end that your prayers be not
hindered. 
I Peter 3:7
If you want answered prayer, ask in His name, not just orally, but making sure your request is one He would make if He were the one praying.  That is what asking in His name means. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. “Whatever you ask in My  name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you
ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
 John 14:12-14

When you pray, be sure that what you are asking is within His will…speak what God’s word says when you
pray. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. This is His commandment, that  we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as
He commanded us.  The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
  I John 3:21-24

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His
will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
1 John 5:13-15

Remember what He has done for you when you pray.
 
8 Jehovah is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness. 9 He will not always chide; Neither will he keep his anger forever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins, or rewarded us after our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is his loving kindness toward
them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, So  Jehovah pitieth them that fear him.
His loving kindness is reserved for
those who reverence Him.  He has mercy on  those who fear Him and hold Him in awe and glorify Him for what He has done.
 Psalm 103:8-13

When you go to Him in prayer, Go to Him trusting what He has told you in His word.  Remember that He is your refuge and your fortress.  Psalm 91:1-16

I wish I could tell you that if you will enlarge you ideas of what God can do, or that a prayer of confession and belief will prick God into acting on your behalf, providing you with health, happiness, and financial abundance.
We know of too many people, who are good and faithful Christians, who suffer physically and emotionally.  People who lose their jobs through no fault of their own; people who suffer tragedy and loss or who suffer with seemingly insurmountable health issues who do not see their situations get better.  Bad things do happen to Christians.

Why does it have to be this way?

 We have to begin with this fact.  It is not about me!  It is about God!  It is not about you!  It is about God.

 for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him;    Colossians 1:16

The Message says it this way.  For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible,…everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.  It is God who directs your life.  The life of every creature is in His power.  “He’s got the whole world  in his hands” is not just a Kumbayah song, but a great spiritual truth.  You were made by God and for Him.  Until you establish that fact in your mind, nothing makes any sense.  Bertrand Russell was an atheist who said, “Unless you assume a God, the question of ife’s purpose is meaningless?
All things happen for His glory. As the cattle that go down into the valley, the Spirit of Jehovah caused them to rest; so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.Isaiah 63:14

He created you and life is about whether you are going to let God use you for His purposes or not.  His purpose for you was declared before your creation and you had “0” input, but what you do about your purpose is your decision.

 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is  the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

There is a much larger purpose that is part of an eternal plan designed by God.  That ought to make us feel great.  It is more than getting up in the morning, brushing our teeth, eating breakfast, going to work, eating lunch, going home, eating supper, washing out our socks, brushing our teeth and going to bed.

God’s will is always for the good of the Saints.  

And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them
that are called according to his purpose.
 Romans 8:28

When we pray, we do not know the whole picture.  What we ask for may not be for the good of the Saints.  We have to be sure we understand what God  wants or at least accept His unknown purpose in the matter is preparing you for eternity.
We can acknowledge him in prosperity.  But thou shalt remember Jehovah thy God, for it is he
that giveth thee power to get wealth; that he may establish his covenant which
he sware unto thy fathers, as at this day.
  Deuteronomy 8:18
We can acknowledge him in adversity, and he said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: Jehovah gave, and Jehovah hath taken away; blessed be the name of Jehovah.  Job 1:21
We can acknowledge Him In public calamity.  Shall the trumpet be  blown in a city, and the people not be afraid? shall evil befall a city, and  Jehovah hath not done it? Amos 3:6
 Acknowledge him in  daily support. And he blessed Joseph, and said, The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God who hath fed me all my life long unto this day, Genesis 48:15

Acknowledge Him in all things. In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:6
We can depend on Him to teach us ways to persevere through guidance and direction. God leads us to new sources of life or new resources for help.  We can depend on Him to teach us to see hope in situations and circumstances when  there seems to be no way out.  He provides just enough to toughen us, to enable us to go on in our everyday life, to take one step after another in the most difficult of circumstances

Remember, God says yes to prayers.  He also says no, and He sometimes says not yet because He needs time to refine you and your prayer to conform to His will.

I want to end with these two verses of great comfort regarding prayer and God’s promises.

7 casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you. I Peter 5:7

God does not love you because you are good, but because He is good.

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.  Isaiah 46:4

He will sustain us, rescue us, love us all of our lives because He is God and that is His goal, His aim, and
it is what He has purposed Himself to do…because He first loved us!

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

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Chapter
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.

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