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“Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh.”

Genesis 22:14


“Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh,” because he knew Jehovah-jireh for himself and knew by experience his provision. The ram caught in the thicket had been provided as a substitute for Isaac. Not only had the Lord seen, but according to the promise made to Abraham’s faith, the Lord had provided. Even before he knew how this trial would end, Abraham confidently believed God, trusting him to provide what was needed (Romans 4:20). Isaac said, “Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham answered with confident faith, “My son, God will provide!”

In due time, God did just that. As these words were spoken prophetically by Abraham concerning Isaac and his substitute, they were also a direct prophecy of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Substitute God has provided for sinners. Abraham was, by the Spirit of prophecy, saying to us, as God provided a substitute for Isaac, so he will provide a Substitute for all his covenant people in whom the Lord will be seen. That Substitute is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. He was also telling us that, as God provided for him in his time of extremity, so he will provide for all who trust him.

The God of Abraham lives today! He is the same today as he was in Abraham’s day. In the hour of Abraham’s great need, when there seemed to be no possible way of escape, the Lord appeared for him and was seen in the mount. So it shall be with all the children of Abraham. We shall be tried and tested, but in the hour of our utmost need our God will see us. Seeing our need, he will provide for us. And he will be seen in the provision he makes. The name of our God is Jehovah-jireh. He is worthy of absolute trust and confidence. The Lord Jehovah, is our Preserver and our Provider.

Let this truth be firmly fixed in your heart. — God’s provision for Abraham and Isaac typified the far greater provision of his grace, by which all believing sinners are delivered from sin and death. And God’s provision for us in Christ, by his death at Mt. Calvary, has given us the sure guarantee that all our necessities, both carnal and spiritual, shall be provided by him for both time and eternity. The richest person in the world is the one who is content. If a person is content, he can never be made richer or poorer. And those who have Christ ought to be perfectly content, because Christ is contentment! He who is Jehovah-jireh has promised, “I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 31:14). What blessed, heavenly logic Paul was inspired of God to use in Romans 8:32, when he asked, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” That is more than a promise; it is a conglomeration of promises. It is a mass of precious jewels, of rubies, and emeralds, and diamonds, with a nugget of gold for their setting. What can the Lord God deny us after giving us his own dear Son? If we need all things in heaven and earth, he will grant them to us. If there could be a limit anywhere, surely he would have kept back his own Son!




Don Fortner








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