Jehovah Jireh (1)

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Jehovah Jireh
Genesis 22.1-24
English is funny sometimes because we can use the same word and it contains different meanings depending on the circumstances. For instance:
run to the store
go for a run
run in her tights
Verb - the little children run and bound
Adjective - that train is bound for Chicago
Participle - tied, chained, fettered, shackled, secured, obligated, compelled, required, constrained, united
Aked = bound = “The Binding of Isaac”
Time has passed, Isaac is neither boy nor man
God calls Abraham to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering to God
Abraham seeks to be obedient to God
God sends an angel to stop Abraham before he goes through with the sacrifice & provides a ram instead
Abraham and Isaac go back home


The Lord will provide.
We have food
We have protection
We have leadership
We have land
I don’t feel like I need anything, so what is it that the LORD is supposed to provide?
What is the application for me today of Jehovah Jireh?
Oh God our Father you are great and mighty, you are the creator and sustainer of all things. We worship you for you are holy, and worth to be praised. LORD as we endeavor to look into your Word this morning please give us insight, give us your Spirit so that we might understand these spiritual things. We live lives of privilege God, you have blessed us! So often we lose sight of our need for you as our personal Jehovah Jireh, expose to us today our needs and how you provide for us!


Genesis 22:1–2 ESV
1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

Many former trials will not supersede nor secure us from further trials; we have not yet put off the harness

1 Kings 20:11 ESV
11 And the king of Israel answered, “Tell him, ‘Let not him who straps on his armor boast himself as he who takes it off.’ ”
1 Peter 1:7 ESV
7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Readers told
How much time has passed?
We are tested
Job …
not told why
not told when
Abraham = Exalted Father
Confirmation of promise
Here I Am
appropriate answer
in old age
Only Son
Ishmael already gone
your joy
Who You Love
heightened affection
promised child
miraculous baby
heard this before / leave family / leave land
journey = time to contemplate
did you hear that right?
so not like God
what about the promise
Out of nowhere...
Can you even fathom a request like this? How would we respond?
If God asked me to offer up my whatever this is to Him I don’t know if I could.
Genesis 22:3–5 ESV
3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.”

Spiritual sacrifices must thus be prepared for.

Those that do the will of God heartily will do it speedily; while we delay, time is lost and the heart hardened.

sense of urgency
no rebuttal
the only words Abraham speaks are those of confidence in the LORDS provision
silent obedience
without explanation
Two Young Men
Abraham = man of wealth
His Son
consistent with fatherhood?
how could he look at Sarah ever again?
what about the promise?
what of Gods character?
what of the other nations?
symbolic for journey
maybe not full days
signifies a critical event
Lifted His Eyes
recalls lot
visitors at Mamre
2x indicating discovery
What was Abrahams purpose for going to Moriah? Worship.

It is our wisdom and duty, when we are going to worship God, to lay aside all those thoughts and cares which may divert us from the service, leave them at the bottom of the hill, that we may attend on the Lord without distraction.

Come Again To You
what faith in God he had!!!
Hebrews 11:17-19
Hebrews 11:17–19 ESV
17 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, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
Genesis 22:6 ESV
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together.
beast of burden & sacrificial lamb
strong enough
typify Christ
John 19:17 ESV
17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha.
fire & the knife
stronger yet!!
So They Went Both Of Them Together
Genesis 22:7–8 ESV
7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
Where Is The Lamb?
cut deeper then any knife could do
When we come to worship the LORD we would do well to ask ourselves where is our sacrifice? Where is our heart?
Psalm 51:17 ESV
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Romans 12:1 ESV
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
no evidence for this answer
grammatically = my son
personal address to Isaac
an identifying phrase = you are the offering!!
casts Abrahams silence in a new hope
So They Went Both Of Them Together
Genesis 22:9–10 ESV
9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.
historically term used for the tabernacle
place of the temple?
2 Chronicles 3:1 ESV
1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
Abraham Built
not his first
saddest ever erected
Abraham Laid
wood in place
Abraham Bound
he bound = Aked - occurs only here in OT
Isaac does not fight back

But with what heart could tender Abraham tie those guiltless hands, which perhaps had often been lifted up to ask his blessing, and stretched out to embrace him, and were now the more straitly bound with the cords of love and duty!

little hands reaching up
now bound

Abraham’s darling, Sarah’s laughter, the church’s hope, the heir of promise, lies ready to bleed and die by his own father’s hand, who never shrinks at the doing of it

His Hand
The Knife
His Son

God, by his word, calls us to part with all for Christ,—all our sins, though they have been as a right hand, or a right eye, or an Isaac—all those things that are competitors and rivals with Christ for the sovereignty of the heart (Lu. 14:26); and we must cheerfully let them all go.

Luke 14:26 ESV
26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
God asks us to do only what he has done himself for us already!
Hebrews 11:19 ESV
19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
Genesis 22:11–12 ESV
11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
angel of God = messenger of God
preincarnate Christ
the very lamb that God was to provide
Abraham, Abraham!
repetition = exclamation / force
repetition of the name given by God
Here I Am
more repetition
remember it is a test
God abhors evil = never to cause sin!
only tests as long as is necessary
Lay a Hand
Do Anything
in NT terms = faith in God
Ken Weiss study
Not Withheld
= hasak - 2x
12 & 16
Only Son
irony - Abraham, Abraham = exalted Father
only son

Note, 1. When God, by his providence, hinders the performance of our sincere intentions in his services, he graciously accepts the will for the deed, and the honest endeavour, though it come short of finishing. 2. The best evidence of our fearing God is our being willing to serve and honour him with that which is dearest to us, and to part with all to him or for him.

Genesis 22:13–14 ESV
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
in the midst of our trials = we must lift our eyes
one of the sacrificial animals
caught right then / at that moment
everything was already there
Abraham had said this is what they would do
Abraham said this is what God would do
Substitution = this in place of that
Atonement = making two things one again
Substitutionary Atonement illustrated here
Ram / Isaac
Levitical System
Christ / Us
the lord will provide
on the mount of the lord it was provided!
Here I am
Genesis 22:15–18 ESV
15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”
after the sacrifice
By Myself I Have Sworn...
promise retained
promise repeated
made by oath!
Hebrews 6:13–20 ESV
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15 And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. 16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
Galatians 3:6–9 ESV
6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? 7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” 9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
Mission Complete
well of the oath
Genesis 22:19 ESV
19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived at Beersheba.
So They Went Both Of Them Together
Beer Sheba
Genesis 22:20–24 ESV
20 Now after these things it was told to Abraham, “Behold, Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor: 21 Uz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram, 22 Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” 23 (Bethuel fathered Rebekah.) These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. 24 Moreover, his concubine, whose name was Reumah, bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.


Trust in the LORD’s provision.
Trust in the LORD’s provision
Application General
Christ for our sins
Application Specific
Are we trusting God to provide?
a marriage that is Christ honoring and mutually fulfilling.
friendships that are deep and long lasting and which strengthen and point us toward Christ.
children who honor their parents and are growing in their obedience toward God.
a position or occupation that is God glorifying and financially satisfying.
a sense of calling and contentment leading to a legacy of purpose and societal impact.
freedom from the bondage of addiction and a body that is comfortable to move in and free from health constraints.
God does not guarantee a life of ease and luxury but rather promises us provision even in the face of sorrow and suffering.
Are we seeking God’s provision through?
living out the biblical principals of marriage to the best of our own ability regardless of the reciprocation or lack their of from our spouse.
encouraging and purposeful seeking to sharpen and build up those around us specifically seeking friendships with other christians.
teaching and training up our children in word and deed seeking to uphold and model biblical parenting practices.
contentment with where He has called us to right now knowing that His plan for our lives is always best.
wisdom in how to properly steward the blessings He has already given us seeking to maximize everything to the glory of God.
grace and peace in the midst of sufferings seeking to show the peace that surpasses all understanding so that those who see us might witness Him.
Why are we asking for God’s provision?
To glorify God
Abrahams unwavering trust in Jehovah Jireh is what enabled him to fully worship!
Therefore we must bind up anything that we hold in a place which is only fit for God and lay it on the alter as a sacrifice before Him trusting fully in His provision for us.


God our father we so often consider the creation rather then the creator. LORD you have created all things and all things belong to you. You have blessed us in ways that we can only begin to imagine and yet so often we are tempted to worship the gift rather then the giver. God give us your Spirit that we might have our minds renewed to see where we are living the life of an idolator. No matter how precious the gifts you give us they can only dimly reflect the glory of your worth. Therefore LORD help us to as Abraham was and as Christ asked be willing to forsake it all for the precious, priceless, indescribably glorious, riches we find in a relationship with you as accepting Christ as our Lord and savior. Your Son, your only Son who you love and whom you have given up on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. He who took our sin upon himself so that we might be seen as righteous in your sight. The Christ the Lamb of God who wrought our salvation through His substitutionary atonement. Oh LORD receive our worship now and forever for you are worth oh Jehovah Jireh!
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