This is the last name that we will look at, next week we will go back to 1 Peter.
Again we come to a name compounded with Jehovah. We considered the name Jehovah itself, we learned that this name points to God as the eternal, the self existent One, the Independent One, the God of revelation.
The Covenant God who enters into relationship with Israel.
And these compound names arise out of God’s interaction with His people through redemptive history.
Like the others names these names arise out of a historical incident and Jehovah is portrayed in some aspect of His character.
The historical setting for this name is one of the most known in all of the Bible.
This is the story of the last and greatest crisis in the life of Abraham.
One might even say that every other event in his life had been leading up to this point, all had been in preparation for this event.
We have talked about this even recently
You have the call of Abraham and then God giving promises to Abraham.
God is faithful and good to Abraham even though Abraham is not always faithful himself.
There were times of doubting, there were times of unbelief, there were times when Abraham tried to work things out in his own power.
And then you have the great and glorious verses of
The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac.
So this son of promise, this one that Abraham had been looking for, this one that God had promises finally arrives.
Abraham sees God’s faithfulness and one might say that now Abraham has settled down to worship God and to enjoy his family for the rest of his days.
And then you have
Can you even imagine this?
First of all think of all the joy and the hope that comes in the birth of Isaac.
Now there has to be confusion, doubt, anguish, perplexity, but what do we see in the following verses?
v.3-4, we see obedience, we do not see grumbling, we do not see complaining, we do not see arguing with God
What was the ground or the root of that obedience?
Look at v.5 (and we will return)
In faith Abraham obeys God.
Now we don’t know all that Abraham was thinking but we do get some divine commentary that helps us some
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
Then in v.6-8 we have a precious set of verses as the father and son go to worship and we see how precious the father and son relationship was to these two.
Discuss the situation
Point out in v.8 we have this verb used for the first time in this passage.
God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burn offering, my son.
Literally God will see for Himself. God will see to it my son.
Abraham is going to follow through, not knowing exactly what God is going to do, but he knows that if necessary God will bring Isaac back to life and the angel of the LORD stops Abraham and a ram is provided for the sacrifice.
v.14 the LORD will provide
The Meaning of the Name
The Meaning of the Name
The LORD will provide.
This verb raah is most often translated in the OT as see.
at least 1217 of 1289 times translated see, saw, see, look, appear, show, examine, examines, shown, behold, watch, view
This is the root for one of the words that is used to refer to prophets in the OT
(Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he said, “Come, let us go to the seer,” for today’s “prophet” was formerly called a seer.)
It is used 5 times that way in that chapter
twice in v.9
v.11, v.18, v.19
It is used in 1 and 2 Chronicles several times and then in
And now, go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever. For they are a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the Lord; who say to the seers, “Do not see,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions,
A prophet is someone who sees right? He sees and proclaims truth, he sees and proclaims that which is to come.
But the verb is also translated in such a way that it means to provide for, to care for something, to see to something
The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.
And when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, “What portion do we have in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Look now to your own house, David.” So Israel went to their tents.
The idea is that he did not have to worry about it, he did not have to see to it, he did not have to take care of something because he knew Joseph would take care of it.
Well that is the same idea here in but the point is that
Yahweh will have to provide, He will have to take care of it
It speaks to our dependence upon Jehovah and Jehovah’s faithfulness to provide for His people, to take care of the situation if you will.
Notice what the text says in v.8
God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering
The first place this word is used
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Read about burnt offering.
The burnt offering is the most costly offering there is, since it is completely burned up with nothing left. The motive for the burnt offering is assumed, not specified but other references to the sacrifices show that it is offered on such occasions as thanksgiving, penitence, vows, and self-dedication.
Noah’s burnt offering could have been self dedication, thanksgiving, and appeasing the wrath of God that was still present after the flood (an acknowledgement of his own sin).
This normally speaks of substitution. The animal died in my place.
Speaking of expiation (the removal of sin)
and propitiation (satisfying of God’s wrath)
Notice it is offered to make atonement.
Without the offering there is not atonement, there is no peace between God and the sinner.
in v.8 and v.14 Abraham says more than he knows.
God does provide a sacrifice for Isaac but this is but a type, this is but a shadow right.
Here the Lord provides a ram
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Here Jesus provides the Lamb.
Can we provide a sacrifice to make atonement?
“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
The implication is that none of this is enough.
For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
He has provided for us in His Son.
He has provided salvation
How will He not give us all things?
We are heirs with Christ, we will rule and reign with Him.
We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Brothers and sisters
We serve a God who provides
A God who sees to the needs of His people
A God who cares for those who cannot care for themselves.