“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.’’ (Genesis 22:14)
”The Lord will provide” Abraham said. In Hebrew this is “Yahweh Jireh”, or “Jehovah Jireh,” and it has become one of the best-loved names of God among Christians today. But do we appreciate that name, and His provision, for what it really is?
Many Christians think of “Jehovah Jireh” in regard to how God will provide for their financial and material needs. But that was not at all what Abraham was referring to in Genesis 22. He had just been ready to offer his only son Isaac on the altar, but at the last moment, as he was stretching out his hand to the knife (:10), God provided a ram which Abraham offered in the place of his son (:13). What God provided for him was a substitute.
And significantly, it was THEN that :14 tells us “Abraham called the name of that place, ‘The Lord will provide.’” God had provided a substitute, which saved his son — a picture of what He would do for us in the coming Messiah, Jesus. Isaiah 53 tells us that the Messiah would be “pierced through for our transgressions … crushed for our iniquities.” Jesus was God’s substitute for us, who saves us. As I Peter 2:24 says, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross.”
So let us celebrate God as Yahweh Jireh, or Jehovah Jireh, “the Lord our Provider.” He certainly is! But let us celebrate that provision in its true richness and depth. What God has provided for us is far more significant than merely a new car or a suit of clothes. He gave His Son in our place, that we might be forgiven, and spend eternity with Him. It is to the cross we should look when we say, in the mount of the Lord, Jehovah Jireh made provision for us!