"And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.” -- Genesis 22:l4
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 should encourage 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 heavenly Father, from eternity, saw the need into which his elect would fall by the sin and fall of our father 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 his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to die at Calvary. And when God, by his Spirit, created a need in our hearts for Christ, causing us to seek him and trust him, he gave his Son to us. Today, by his free grace, God gives 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 believing sinners all things in his Son. He who spared not his own dear Son, but delivered him up to die for us, will also, with him, freely give us all things (Rom. 8:32).
3. JEHOVAH-JIREH MEANS "THE LORD WILL BE SEEN."
"In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.” God is seen in the sacrifice 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 by faith in Christ, the crucified Substitute, who died in the place of sinners place upon Mt. Calvary, shall see God face to face in Christ Jesus, who is himself JEHOVAH-JIREH. AMEN.
Grace Baptist Church of Danville - Grace For Today Radio Message #825
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