“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 22:14, KJV).
On Mount Moriah, Yahweh (or Jehovah) provided a sacrificial lamb for Abraham to substitute for his son Isaac. In relief, delight, and praise, Abraham responded by calling the name of the place Jehovah-jireh. Interestingly, Abraham, a man of faith, had used the same word translated jireh in verse 8 when he said: “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering” (Genesis 22:8, KJV). Therefore, the word jireh as used by Abraham in verse 14 derives its meaning from verse 8 when Abraham spoke out in faith.
Though the word jireh in Hebrew primarily means “to see,” it has a secondary meaning of “provide” as used in our main scripture (1). God miraculously provided a lamb to be used as an offering in place of Abraham’s son. Abraham was so deeply touched by this divine provision that he named the place as an eternal reminder of the God who provides even against all odds and in the nick of time bringing surprise, relief, and delight to His people.
God is still providing miraculously for His people today. What does Jehovah-jireh mean to you? Are you lifting up your eyes to Him to see His supernatural provisions in all areas of your life? He is still your provider today. You can count on Him.
Ponder for a moment on the concept of God providing for your physical needs. Declare: “The Lord is still my provider today.”
APPLY THE WORD
Abraham named that place so that if you find yourself on a similar mountain today, you can remember what God did for him. Stretch forth your hands in faith and receive from the provider.
Thank the Lord for being your provider today.
1. Kidner, D. (1967). Genesis: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 1, p. 155). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
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