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NOTES ON THE NAMES OF THE GOD
by Doctor Fred Wittman
Jehovah Jíreh - The LORD Who Provides
Introduction: The signs which precede the coming again of our Lord Jesus Christ are ever increasing: earthquakes in divers places, sea and waves roaring, increase of violent storms and flooding, famines, the powers of Heavens shaken, on Earth disasters and great distress! I can’t offer you the hope of better times on Earth because Jesus indicated that they would get worse before He comes again. But I can offer you the promise of a better hope. I offer you one aspect of the Person of Christ that giants of faith have experienced, Jehovah Jíreh, The LORD Who Provides abideth faithful (Gen. 22:14).
Note the example of Abraham, the father of the faithful!
The God had been leading Abram along slowly in the path of faith. When The God called Abram, he was an idolater and seventy years old in Ur of the Chaldees. He gave Abram a sevenfold promise if he would meet four conditions (Gen. 12:1-3).
‘‘Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed’’ (Gen. 12:1-3).
Abram met the first condition readily, left his country, and started on the long arduous journey. But He did not meet all the conditions. At first he met only one condition out of four. He got as far as Haran (Gen. 11:31), just over half way to his destination, and abode there five years (Gen. 12:4).
It wasn’t until a year after Terah, his father died, that he met the third condition and resumed his journey. Two more conditions were yet to be met (the second and fourth). It took Abram two more years before he met the second condition and separated from his kindred, Lot (Gen. 13:9). Then The LORD showed Abram the Land (Gen. 13:14). He abode in the Land seven more years, a total of fourteen years before The LORD showed Abram the stars, promised Abram his own son, and secured Abram’s commitment of faith. Then The LORD established the unconditional Land Covenant (Gen. 15:7,13-18), not the Abrahamic Covenant.
Another year passed and Sara’s faithlessness and impatience intruded. She induced Abram to sin. It took thirteen more years after the birth of Ishmael (a total of fourteen years), before The God confirmed that the promised son was to be born that year and established the conditional, everlasting Arahamic Covenant. Isaac was born that year, thirty years after The God called Abram. Now fourteen years later, The LORD taught Abraham another lesson in faith. Notice the increments of seven years. Now the call is for Abram to prove his faith in, his fear of, and his love for The God.
Abraham’s faith is given the severe test: to offer his only, dearly beloved son in sacrifice on one of the mountains in the area of Moriah which The God will show him. Now the story in Genesis 22:1-19.
I. The Perception of The Name
A. Jehovah - the redemptive and covenant name of The God, The self-existent One Who reveals Himself.
B. Jíreh - has 2 aspects of meaning: ‘to see’ and ‘to see to it.’ This word carries the connotation of a future, certain fact, so ‘to see before.’
C. Combined Name definition: ‘‘The Self-existent One Who Reveals Himself Will Surely Provide.’’
II. The LORD Who Provides
Provide = prefix ‘pro’ meaning ‘before’ plus ‘vidé’ which means ‘to see.’
A. Provision Requires Precise Pre-vision - The God’s Part.
1. Expected Provision (v. 8) - Spiritual, physical, and material needs.
This answer to Isaac was a prophecy of the provision of The Lamb of God who was sacrificed to take away the sin of the world.
2. Exact place - a Mount of Moriah (compound form meaning ‘to see’ and Jah, shortened form of Jehovah) thus by means ‘‘the place of Jehovah’s provision.’’ Later called Skull, Golgohthah in Hebrew.
3. Exact Provision of a substitute (v. 13) - The sacrifice that Abraham was spared of performing, The God performed at Calvary, the same place where Abraham was to offer up his son. In order for The God to provide it is absolutely necessary for man to precisely meet the directions stated in The God’s will.
B. Provision Requires Precise Performance - Man’s Part.
Genesis 22 illustrates the precise conditions to be met in faith.
1. Ready perception to The God’s Word (vs. 1,11).
a. The God’s call (v. 1).
b. The human’s question (v. 7).
c. The God’s command (vs. 2,12).
2. Respond promptly to God’s Will (vs. 3,4, 9,10,12).
The God must be obeyed implicitly. Note Abraham's prompt, precise, and persistent obedience. He went to the exact mount. Any other mount, he would have missed the blessing and provision. How many of God’s blessings and provisions have we missed because we were in the wrong place?
3. Regard the preference of The God’s Will.
The God must be put first before anyone or anything else (Mt. 10:37; 6:33). Abraham put God before his dearly beloved child. All that The God requires of you, He provides for you! (Rom. 8:32).
Where The God guides, He provides (Ps. 34:8-10).
The God’s provision is available through The Christ but you must obey fully, completely, promptly, precisely, and persistently!
Conclusion: Are you a regenerated child of The God? If not, commit your trust to Him now so you can relate to The God as His child and your Provider as Jehovah Jíreh! (Listen to Knowing the Savior broadcast! Click here!) If you are a regenerated child of The God, how will you respond to The God’s Call, His Word and His Will? Will it be promptly, precisely, and persistently as did Abraham? If so, you can count upon Jehovah Jíreh, The LORD Who Provides, to be faithful, surely to be with you and surely to provide for you!
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