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Jehovah - Jireh

Growing up i never worried about how i was going to get food in my belly or how I was going to have a roof over my head.
Simply put I trusted that my mom and dad would figure all of that out.
However I do remember the time when I was around 11 or 12 and I came home from school and my mom didn’t have any food prepared for our supper because she had a busy day and she had to work second shift in the cotton mill.
I called her at work and asked “what am I supposed to do for supper” and she said “son there’s food at the house fix yourself something to eat.” I complained and said that we didn’t have anything and she said, “I know good and well that we have food because I bought it recently” I insisted that we didn’t have anything and she said “Go to the cabinet and tell me whats on the shelf?” So after opening the cabinet for the millionth time I said “There only corn, and green-beans, and pinto’s, and rice, but none of that stuff is good.” I’ll never forget the sound of her voice. It was as if she was disappointed in me. She said “son what do you call corn and green-beans…etc…? I said it’s food but not what i want to eat, and I don’t know how to cook anyway. Now that I’m grown I can see the reason for her disappointment, I mean all you have to do is open a can of corn and put it in the microwave, duh...
The problem wasn’t that we didn’t have any food. The problem was that I didn’t want to go through the process to get the food ready.
How many of us are just like that?
We want God to provide but we don’t want to go through the process it takes to see God’s provision.
The second problem with the food was that I wasn’t in the mood for corn especially if I had to do the prepping.
Sometimes it takes a little effort to fully receive the providence of God.
Let’s look at Abraham In Genesis Chapter 22:1-10:
Genesis 22:1–10 NIV (Anglicised, 2011)
1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied. 2 Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain that I will show you.’ 3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.’ 6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, ‘Father?’ ‘Yes, my son?’ Abraham replied. ‘The fire and wood are here,’ Isaac said, ‘but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’ 8 Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ And the two of them went on together. 9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
Genesis
Notice God didn’t TEMPT Abraham, He TESTED him.
God asked Abraham to offer the thing of greatest value and importance as a burnt offering.
what if God called for the things that matter most in your life today? This past weekend has been a tragic one with a number of fatal accidents. Our hearts truly morn for the families involved and suffering loss this morning. But what if you had to deal with that kind of grief today? could you trust God with it? Let’s hope we don’t ever have to face those circumstances.
Abraham had faith that someway God was going to provide a miracle on that mountain.
Either God would provide a ram or God would raise Issac from the dead.
Sometimes it doesn’t look like things are going to turn out the way they should.
Abraham got to the very last second of hope and then....look at what happens in verse 11.
Genesis 22:11–14 NIV (Anglicised, 2011)
11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied. 12 ‘Do not lay a hand on the boy,’ he said. ‘Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.’ 13 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. 14 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.’
Genesis 22:11-
Notice God didn’t TEMPT Abraham, He TESTED him.

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’

‘Here I am,’ he replied.

2 Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain that I will show you.’

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.’

6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, ‘Father?’

‘Yes, my son?’ Abraham replied.

‘The fire and wood are here,’ Isaac said, ‘but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’

8 Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ And the two of them went on together.

9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

Notice God didn’t TEMPT Abraham, He TESTED him.
God asked Abraham to offer the thing of greatest value and importance as a burnt offering.
what if God called for the things that matter most in your life today? This past weekend has been a tragic one with a number of fatal accidents. Our hearts truly morn for the families involved and suffering loss this morning. But what if you had to deal with that kind of grief today? could you trust God with it? Let’s hope we don’t ever have to face those circumstances.
Abraham had faith that someway God was going to provide a miracle on that mountain.
Either God would provide a ram or God would raise Issac from the dead.
Sometimes it doesn’t look like things are going to turn out the way they should.
Abraham got to the very last second of hope and then....look at what happens in verse 11.

11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’

‘Here I am,’ he replied.

12 ‘Do not lay a hand on the boy,’ he said. ‘Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.’

13 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. 14 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.’

This is where we get the name Jehovah - Jireh

JEHOVAH-JIREH (יהוה יִרְאֶה, yhwh yir'eh). The name given by Abraham to the place where he had sacrificed a ram provided by God, instead of his son Isaac. It means either “The Lord will provide” or “The Lord will see” (Gen 22:14). The representation of the name of the God of Israel as Jehovah is based on a misunderstanding of Hebrew scribal conventions.

The truth is God provided for Abraham before he ever laid Issac on the altar.

JEHOVAH-JIREH (יהוה יִרְאֶה, yhwh yir'eh). The name given by Abraham to the place where he had sacrificed a ram provided by God, instead of his son Isaac. It means either “The Lord will provide” or “The Lord will see” (Gen 22:14). The representation of the name of the God of Israel as Jehovah is based on a misunderstanding of Hebrew scribal conventions. For more information about the origin of the name Jehovah, see this article: Jehovah.

Abraham isn’t the only one who God provided for long before they even new they were in need.
God provided for Adam before he ever knew he needed a wife.
God provided for Adam before he ever knew he needed a wife.

JEHOVAH An older English representation of the proper name for the God of Israel (YHWH). The influence of the King James Version on the English language, and the influence of Christianity on Western culture, resulted in the pronunciation “Jehovah” coming to be an accepted English name for the God of the Bible.

JEHOVAH-JIREH (יהוה יִרְאֶה, yhwh yir'eh). The name given by Abraham to the place where he had sacrificed a ram provided by God, instead of his son Isaac. It means either “The Lord will provide” or “The Lord will see” (Gen 22:14). The representation of the name of the God of Israel as Jehovah is based on a misunderstanding of Hebrew scribal conventions. For more information about the origin of the name Jehovah, see this article: Jehovah.

Naming the animals was just part of the process.

JEHOVAH-JIREH (יהוה יִרְאֶה, yhwh yir'eh). The name given by Abraham to the place where he had sacrificed a ram provided by God, instead of his son Isaac. It means either “The Lord will provide” or “The Lord will see” (Gen 22:14). The representation of the name of the God of Israel as Jehovah is based on a misunderstanding of Hebrew scribal conventions. For more information about the origin of the name Jehovah, see this article: Jehovah.

God provided for Jacob before he ever experienced the famine.
God provided for Adam before he ever knew he needed a wife.
Losing his son for a while was just part of the process.
God provided for Abraham before he offered his son Issac.
God provided Joseph before he ever got thrown into prison
God provided for Jacob before he ever experienced the famine.
The prison was just part of the process.
God provided
Philippians Chapter 4 says:
Philippians 4:18–19 NIV (Anglicised, 2011)
18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians

18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

The church gave to the Apostle Paul and he linked their giving with God’s providence.
Paul is just repeating old testament doctrine, let’s look at Malachi chapter 3:
Malachi 3:10–12 KJV 1900
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be meat in mine house, And prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, If I will not open you the windows of heaven, And pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, And he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; Neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: For ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.
Malachi 3:10

10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,

That there may be food in My house,

And try Me now in this,”

Says the LORD of hosts,

“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven

And pour out for you such blessing

That there will not be room enough to receive it.

11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,

So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,

Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”

Says the LORD of hosts;

12 And all nations will call you blessed,

For you will be a delightful land,”

Says the LORD of hosts.

Do we trust God as our provider?
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