The name by which God
revealed himself to Abraham at Mt.Moriah, Jehovah-Jireh, might be translated by
three expressions: "the Lord will see", "the Lord will
provide", and "the Lord will be seen". However, the name is translated, it expresses the idea of God seeing and being
seen. For God, to see is to provide. By this name, Jehovah-Jireh, God our
Father would have us to know that he sees our need and faithfully provides for
our need, and that he will be seen in the provision he makes. Without question
this encourages our hearts to trust his daily providence. But the thing which
inspired Abraham to raise up this memorial to God's
honor was the substitution of the ram to die in the place of his son, Isaac,
and Isaac's deliverance from death. Jehovah-Jireh is a name of our God which
describes his saving grace in Christ Jesus.
l. JEHOVAH-JIREH MEANS "THE LORD WILL SEE". Our Father,
from eternity, saw the need into which we would fall by the sin of Adam in the
garden and by our own iniquity, transgression and sin in time. And with the
foresight of Divine love he provided his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to be our
Substitute in the covenant of grace. When the fulness of time was come, God met
our need by sending Christ to die at Calvary. And when God, by his Spirit, created a need in our hearts for
Christ, causing us to seek him, he gave his Son to us. Today, by his free
grace, God goves his Son to all who need him.
2. JEHOVAH-JIREH MEANS "THE LORD WILL PROVIDE".
Jehovah-Jireh was Abraham's testimony to the goodness and grace of God in
providing a ram to die in Isaac's place. And it is our testimony of praise to
God for providing Christ to be our Substitute. But this name also implies that
our God, who gave us his Son, will also freely give us all things in his Son
3. JEHOVAH-JIREH MEANS "THE LORD WILL BE SEEN". "In
the mount of the Lord it shall be seen." God is seen in the sacrfice of
his Son at Mt.Calvary. And God shall be seen in the face of his
Provision, Christ Jesus, upon Mt.Zion in heaven. All this was included in
Abraham's prophecy. All who see God in Christ, the crucified Substitute, who
died in our place upon Mt.Calvary, shall see God face to face in Christ
Jesus, who is himself JEHOVAH-JIREH!