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Friday, December 21, 2012

Jehovah-Jireh

God Provides

On my way to bus stop early this morning, I noticed a man-shaped object in a crouching posture behind the bush off the road. I was reluctant to approach there because it was still dark. So I kept going. Then I went back there and asked, “Is there anyone?” Then I heard a man's voice, saying faintly, “No English, no…”  I approached the man and gave some cash that I had and hurried back to the bus stop.

While walking, I prayed to the Lord Jesus Who is “Jehovah-Jireh” earnestly that He would provide what the man needed – job, place to stay, the food, health and reunion with family if he had. Overnight, I slept a good sleep in a cozy and warm bed which the man behind the bush was not privileged to have. I felt sorry deep down in my heart as a fellow human being.

We believe that God provides everything we need for the sustenance of life– air, water, sunshine, rain, seasons, food, family and home etc. He is a Provider.

So He says in Matthew 6:31;

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’”


We read in, Genesis 22:14;

“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.””

Jehovah - jireh : יהוה יראה Yehovah-yireh, when literally interpreted, “God will see”; that is, God will take care that everything shall be done that is necessary for the comfort and support of them who trust in him: hence the words are usually translated, “The Lord will provide.”

When we call Him, “Jehovah-jireh, or yireh”, He is more than a Provider. He sacrificed Himself for us by sending His Son and provided the salvation through Him.

This is the true meaning when Abraham said when he was commanded to sacrifice this only son Isaac on the Mount Moriah 4,000 years ago (Golgotha or Calvary at Jesus’ time).

It was not God’s intention that Isaac should actually be sacrificed, yet nobler blood than that of animals, in due time, was to be shed for sins of the world, even the blood of the Only Begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ.

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