Title: Enjoy Him As Jehovah-jireh
Theme: Grasping His Provision in Everyday Life
Series: Living in the Aroma of God’s Grace
Genesis 22:13-14, “Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns.
He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.
So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide.
And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.’"
The King James says, - “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh as it is to this day, ‘In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.’”
The New American Standard Bible says, “Abraham called the name of that place, ‘The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.’”
He reveals Himself to us
These passages of Scripture are found in one of the most unusual, and at the same time, one of the most exciting accounts in the Word of God.
Just as the Lord revealed Himself to Abraham, He reveals Himself to us through the Spirit, as He brings revelation and illumination of the written Word of God.
I would propose to you that God, our heavenly father is the God who sees and provides as we walk in obedience to His will in our lives.
The Lord is as much involved in our lives in practical ways on this earth as He is involved in our spiritual hearts as it pertains to eternity.
There is so much for us to grasp in the Biblical account of Abraham, Isaac and the ram.
However, in this message, the Holy Spirit of Christ wants you to grasp the truth of God being Jehovah-jireh in practical ways.
The best way to protect yourself from giving up on the Lord is to have Holy Spirit revelation of what God told Abraham before the announcement of His covenant with him.
Catch this powerful truth, “…The Word of the Lord came to [Abraham] in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid, [Abraham], I am your shield, your great reward.”
At this time in history, the Lord was making a covenant with Abraham.
Despite all that Abraham had done in the power and strength of God, in his mind he was no better off in regard to having an heir from his own flesh and blood.
There was a practical concern that lay on Abraham’s heart and was dear to him.
Abraham wanted an heir for his estate.
God spoke to him and gave Abraham the promise of a son (Genesis 15:2-5) There is a powerful truth that must be grasped if one is going to enjoy God as Jehovah-jireh like Abraham did.
Genesis 15:6 says, “Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.”
The Christian’s greatest reward is to have God and Christ, to know and believe God’s Word.
This automatically places you in a covenant relationship with the Lord.
In what situations in life can a child of God expect the Lord to prove Himself as Jehovah-jireh?
What is the meaning, the significance and realization of God being Jehovah-jireh?
Where the Holy Spirit of Christ is doing a real genuine work, there will be hunger for the hearing of God’s Word.
(Act 20:7-12; Nehemiah 8:1-8) Those who long to fulfill “The Great Commission” feed on the sword of the Holy Spirit, the written Word, thus, becoming mature through the feeding on solid food, trained and equipped to prepare God’s people for works of service.
(Hebrews 5:11-14; Ephesians 4:11-16)
The first step to enjoying God as Jehovah-jireh is that the believer be willing to be Biblically tested.
The opening Scripture to our teaching about Abraham’s faith says, “Some time later God tested Abraham….”
(Genesis 22:1) God gives different dispensations – ways for mankind to show their love to Him.
Obedience in these dispensations always opens spiritual eyes and hearts to the will of God and often enables the child of God to enjoy Him as Jehovah-jireh, even in practical ways.
Human life stands under a divine testing which climaxes in the judgment of God.
Set under the Lord’s careful watch Christians come under twofold testing.
One, will the children of God seek Him and two, will Christians let Him reveal His provision and will to them in the midst of the testing?
The word tested (nāsāh) in Genesis 22:1 is a verb meaning to test, to try, to prove.
This word appears nearly forty times in the Old Testament, often referring to God testing the faith and faithfulness of human beings.
(The Complete Word Study of the Old Testament) Testing from a New Testament understanding protects Christians from compromise and enables them to grasp God’s will for them.
(The Teacher’s Commentary; Theological Dictionary of the New Testament) To be tested as Abraham was tested means to be subjected to a test for qualification.
(Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary)
Let the Holy Spirit place this truth into your minds and illuminate it into your spiritual heart, “strong faith is often exercised with strong trials and put upon in hard service.”
(Matthew Henry Commentary) The Lord does not allow His children to be tested to see if they will fall.
(James 1:13) The author of the trial brings on the testing so the children of God may discover His grace, empowerment and enablement.
(1 Peter 1:7; Matthew Henry Commentary)
God allowed Job to be tested by Satan so that he might be seen and known as a man who trusts in the Lord.
Abraham’s particular testing time came after he had exercised faith in God through a variety of hardships and many difficulties.
There is a wrong expectation found among the people of God.
They think the longer they have served and have proven faithful in the storms of life, the less they will have to endure.
Nothing is further from the truth.
Please note, “Many former trials and testing will not supersede nor secure us from further trials and test.”
(Matthew Henry Commentary)
The Lord knows just what dispensation you need to provide you the opportunity to show your love for Him.
The right response in your present dispensation enables you to express to others His mercy and grace, equipping you to be a true light in a sin cursed world.
In my early years of being trained and tested for the work of the Lord, I owned an Arabian Stallion.
The Lord had given me stewardship over him for about 18 years.
Even though he was getting old and had a bad heart condition, he brought me satisfaction and joy.
I had proved myself faithful for many years, walking in faith and obedience to what the Holy Spirit had revealed to me to do for the Lord.
I had forsaken special times and opportunities so I could get prepared for the preaching and teaching of God’s Word.
After a lengthy time of walking in obedience, the Lord spoke to my heart about giving this special horse away to a trainer who lived in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Lincoln was a four hour drive for me, meaning that I would few, if any, opportunities to see him again.
I was short on money and time, thus I was saying goodbye to a faithful animal – we meant so much to each other.
The night before I was to take the horse to Lincoln, Nebraska, I took time to brush him.
The realization of giving up the best horse I ever owned hit hard – yet I determined in my heart that the Lord’s call was more important than my fleshly desire to please self.
At that moment, when I was so broken I could not speak, the Holy Spirit came upon me, prompting me to pray in my heavenly language.
(1 Corinthians 14:2) I laid my hands upon this stallion and prayed in tongues.
When I was done there was a spiritual release and a peace of God that was so pleasant.
It wasn’t until some time later I enjoyed God as Jehovah-jireh in the test.
The Lord made a way for this Arabian stallion to be placed in a beautiful stable with beautiful oak stall fronts and great conditioning facilities--something I had always wanted for this horse.
I also learned that God performed an absolute miracle.
The trainer, Janyell Hesson, turned him loose in a very large arena.
This stallion ran and ran and ran, from one end to the other for hours with no sign of heart problems.
The Lord had chosen to supernaturally heal him.
God had a special beautiful horse ranch waiting for him and He supernaturally healed a horse that was special to me.
All this so I could set my focus on His calling for me, the proclaiming of God’s Word for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God.
Even now I am enjoying the Lord’s provision, enablement and equipping for the preaching and teaching of God’s Word.
The Lord has given me a ministry of preaching, publishing and teaching God’s Word.
He has provided ministry that continues to grow, equipping others to preach and teach God’s Word.
The Lord has proved Himself as Jehovah-jire to me, because I chose to believe the Lord’s call upon my life.
What testing is God setting before you?
What are you to lay on the altar so you may enjoy the Lord as Jehovah-jireh in your life and in the ministry He has called you to?
Christians have the written Word of God for getting revelation of God’s will for them.
They need only to believe what the Bible says and express a life of true belief to enjoy God as Jehovah-jireh as Abraham did.
Grasp the meaning of Jehovah-jireh
After believing the promises found in God’s Word and choosing to walk in obedience in their present testing, Christians can grasp the meaning of Jehovah-jireh.
The King James Bible says, “And Abraham called the name of the place Jehovah-jireh...” (Genesis 22:14 KJ) After Abraham was found faithful in the test, he enjoyed God’s provision for the sacrifice to be made on the altar as a replacement of Isaac.
In this powerful teaching of God’s provision in practical and eternal ways we read of Isaac asking a question, “…Father… the fire and wood are here [for the making of a sacrifice] but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
(Genesis 22:7) “Abraham answered, ‘God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son…’” (Genesis 22:8) Abraham’s words to his son should not be understood as merely an attempt to calm Isaac’s concern, but understood in the light of the fact that Abraham was truly expressing a sure confidence that God would provide – Abraham was expressing a genuine trust in God.
(The Expositors Bible Commentary) Abraham had been through many test and trials, he had tasted that the Lord is good and had enjoyed God’s revelation of Himself many times.
In order for you to be able to express a life that says, “My Lord is Jehovah-jireh,” it is imperative that you understand the meaning of the name.
Let the Holy Spirit of Christ reveal to you the truths of the Name of God expressed in Jehovah-jireh.
In Genesis 22:14 we read of Abraham giving the place a new name in the honor of God, a name for the encouragement of all Christians to the end of all time, a name which would enable them to walk in cheerful obedience to the Lord’s call upon their lives.
When fully understood this new name is spoken in praise to God because He has magnified Himself as the only provider of that which is good for the people of God.