Abraham and isaacWhat must have been going through Abraham’s mind as he made that journey to Moriah?

“How will I ever be able to look Sarah in the eye and tell her what I did?” “What will the neighbours think?” “God, you promised me that I would be father to a great nation through Isaac. How is that going to happen if he is dead?” “I don’t get this, God. I don’t understand any of it!”

The battle raged within Abraham as it would within any of us. Yet, the voice of Abraham’s faith won over all the others. Despite the consequence, Abraham was willing to sacrifice all on God’s altar.

He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while the boy and I go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you” (Gen 22:5).

Did you catch that last sentence? Go back and read it again.

Did you notice that Abraham didn’t say “We will worship and then I will come back to you?” He said “…WE will come back to you.” Isaac was included in that “we!”

Abraham had battled through a crisis in his faith, concluding that God would somehow keep His promise. There is no mention of resurrection in the 21 chapters leading up to this moment, but somehow Abraham concluded that God would bring Isaac back to life, even though he had never seen it before.

Isn’t it interesting that when we lay our all on the altar and truly seek God, we get to know Him in a way others miss? (Jeremiah 33:3, I Cor 2:9)

Abraham, carrying the knife and the fire up the hill, walked beside Isaac who carried the wood on his back. Once on top of Mount Moriah, Abraham built the altar, bound his son, and placed him on the wood.

Doesn’t it bring to mind a picture of another One and only Son?

God was about to do something He had never done before. He was going to lead Abraham (his friend) through an experience that He Himself would walk through. For on the same mountain (Mt Moriah), on which Abraham built the altar to sacrifice his son, God Himself would build a cross and sacrifice His Son 2000 years later. God, however, in His mercy, did not permit Abraham to go through it to the extent that He would.

Abraham lifted the knife … God called to him to stop.

“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” He said. “Do not do anything to him…” Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns…” (Gen 22:12-13).

How long had the ram been caught there?

Scripture does not tell us.

Did the ram cry out?

Scripture does not say.

Some poor shepherd lost his ram that day and it “just happened” to get itself caught right when and where it was needed! This ram was not only on time and in the right spot, but it was in the right condition. There were no cuts or blemishes. (Lev 22)

Jehovah Jireh“So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide (Jehovah Jireh)…” (Gen 22:14).

Abraham’s greatest testing became the place where he saw God the clearest!

“To provide” means “to see” or “to see in advance.” Sometimes we say “I will see to it” when we mean “I will take care of it” or “I will provide for it.” This is what God meant when He revealed this name, Jehovah Jireh, through Abraham.

God, who sees all, sees our needs long before we do and provides for them (Matt 6:8). Although events in our lives may take us by surprise, they never take God by surprise.

We need to have Jehovah Jireh etched on our hearts!

You feel tired and weary with life.

Jehovah Jireh will see to it.

Your job is gone, and there is more month than money.

Jehovah Jireh will see to it.

You feel you cannot fight off that sin any longer.

Jehovah Jireh will see to it.

Long before he spied the ram caught in the thicket, Abraham responded in faith.

On the journey up the hill, Isaac asked, “The fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son” (Gen 22:7-8).

How could Abraham respond this way?

God did not give Abraham this big faith exam the first week he started walking with Him. Faith needs to be cultivated through trials. Abraham was now at least 115 years old, and he had seen God provide for him in many ways and in countless hopeless circumstances over his lifetime. Thus, Abraham knew without a doubt that Jehovah Jireh “would see to it.”

What does the name Jehovah Jireh mean to you today?

Do you have a need that is like a knife against your throat?

Our trials may be many; they may be difficult, however, they should not destroy us. If we have laid our Isaacs down and are obeying Jehovah and seeking to know Him above all else, then take heart, my friend,

Jehovah Jireh will see to it!

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  1. Eleanor says:

    Thank you for the reminder– Jehovah Jireh.

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