The Names of God: YHWH-Jireh

This post is part of the series The Names of God.

Genesis 22:9–14 (ESV) — 9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Abraham trusted God. He trusted him when he called him to leave his homeland to go to a new place. He trusted him when he promised he would turn him into a great nation, even when Abraham had no children. And when Abraham finally had a son and God called on him to sacrifice his son, Abraham trusted God. Isaac asked, “…where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham’s response was, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” We see these things in Genesis 22:7-8. As we read today’s passage, we see how God did provide. He provided a ram as a substitute for Isaac. In response, Abraham called the place YHWH-Jireh or “The Lord will provide.”

As God provided a ram as a substitute for Isaac, he has also provided his Son as a substitute for us. Jesus Christ died in our place so we could have eternal life. When we trust in God’s provision for us, we are saved. YHWH-Jireh. The Lord will provide. Have you trusted in the Lord’s provision for you?

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