The first compound name of God that I will post is Jehovah-Jireh; the Lord will provide. I’ve already posted the meaning of “Jehovah”, so today I want to share with you specifically concerned the name, Jireh. The word is divided into two parts. Provides , the translated word from Jireh is defined this way: pro- means first and –vides means to see. Combined this word Jireh literally means to see before.
How comforting it is to know that God not only sees before what is to happen, but to those who trust in Him, He provides everything that is needed.
Genesis 22 gives us the complete picture of the Lord sharing this name. When the Lord commanded Abraham to take His son Issac to Mount Moriah and offer him as a sacrifice. You should go to Genesis 22 and read this account from Scripture. Abraham trusted God and even said to Issac, “God will provide the lamb.” When Abraham followed the Lord in complete obedience, He experienced God’s total provision. Verse 13 tells us how God did provide, and in verse 14, “Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is to this day, ‘In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.'”
In 2008, I had the opportunity to visit the Holy Land. The picture to the right is where this took place. The Dome of the Rock is built on top of Mount Moriah where Abraham went to sacrifice Issac. It is interesting to know that Mount Moriah is just 1/4 of a mile from the place of Jesus’ crucifixion. So as you can see, not only for Abraham did God provide a lamb, but he did that for everyone when He provided the Lamb of God–Jesus Christ–to be sacrificed for our sin. Praise God that He took the initiative and provided the way for us to be united with Him through Jesus.
The Lord “saw before” that our need would be great, and provided the greatest gift of all! “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”–John 3:16
“Lord, how I thank for being my Jehovah-Jireh. You have provided all I need in the Lamb of God. I praise you for being my all-sufficient Savior. How I love You, my Lord; my Provider.”