“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.’” Genesis 22:14 (KJV)
“So Abraham called the name of that place, ‘The LORD will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.’” Genesis 22:14 (ESV)
The story of Abraham and Isaac’s visit to a mountain in an area known as Moriah has long fascinated me. In it is found love, faith and obedience. It is horrifying, almost unfathomable. And yet it is replete with the Gospel. It is truly deserving of a deep dive, which I will do perhaps next week. For now we will focus on a Name.
It is here that we find yet another of the Names of God that we must bear in a worthy manner. Jehovah Jireh.
The Name simply means “God (His covenantal Name) will provide.”
While the Name Jehovah Jireh has been used by some to mean that God will provide whatever they want (it so doesn’t mean that!), and by others to mean whatever they need, those uses are missing the entire point. God provided a sacrifice. It was not the first time, nor was it the last.
In providing the sacrifice, God demonstrated once again that we cannot, on our own, pay the penalty for sin. And once again, he shows us grace and mercy by providing the necessary sacrifice.
Let us spend a little time in Genesis 22 this week. Let’s make time to listen for the voice of God. Next week we will look more deeply at this section of scripture. Be thinking about how we can bear the Name Jehovah Jireh in a worthy manner.
As always, these are the musings of a mindful disciple. Blessings on your week!
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