And just what does our Covenant Lord provide for our lives?
John 17:6a – I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world:
Today we continue in our consideration of the “Manifested Name” of Jesus as we look at Jehovah Jireh, the Lord my Provider. I remember decades ago when we would sing the chorus, “Jehovah Jireh, My Provider,” and rejoice in the knowledge that He was indeed our Provider. The words of the chorus said He would provide “all our need, according to His riches in glory” as stated in Philippians 4:19. But let us look back at the Old Testament and determine the basis for that statement’s origin. We find it in Genesis 22, especially verse 24. In that passage we read to account of Abraham taking Isaac up on Mount Moriah to sacrifice him there. On the way, Isaac asked where the sacrifice was, and Abraham responded that “God would provide Himself a sacrifice.” Then in verse 24, Abraham called the place Jehovahjireh, meaning “the Lord will see to it.” While we can, and I believe should accept that statement as truth regarding every need a covenant child of God can have in this earth, I also believe we would have a deeper understanding of that statement if we first placed it in its context of Genesis 22.
In Genesis 22, Abraham’s statement was not in reference to all the needs a believer might have, but to one very specific need that was demonstrated in the events on Mount Moriah, later called Calvary, the place of our Lord’s crucifixion. I encourage you to read the account in Genesis 22. When Isaac asked about the sacrifice, Abraham did not simply say, “the Lord will provide.” What He DID say was, “the Lord will provide Himself a sacrifice.” There is much more to that than the casual reader would see. Abraham was speaking a powerful prophetic word that would impact the entire world. Mankind needed a sacrifice that would pay the TOTAL price for the sin, sickness, poverty, captivity, and darkness of the whole world. That sacrifice would come in the form of Himself, the Word made flesh, and that was Jesus, or God the Son in the flesh. That is the deepest meaning of the words of Abraham as he and Isaac ascended Moriah. There were four individuals involved in that action of that day. Abraham, father of our faith, and his only begotten son; a man who was willing to sacrifice his son, and a son who was willing to be the sacrifice. Their actions and willingness set the stage for our Jehovah God to be willing to sacrifice His only Begotten Son, and for that Son Who was willing to become the sacrifice, to come on the scene in a world trapped into darkness by man’s sin, and follow through with the willingness demonstrated by Abraham and Isaac for the work of God the Father and God the Son to provide ALL any redeemed man could ever require for victorious living in this present world. Truly, our God is our Jehovah Jireh, “the Lord Who will see to it.”
Manna for Today – John 17; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 4:18-21; John 8:29; Luke 1:37; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Matthew 12:35-37