08/12/07

Jehovahjireh : The LORD will provide

Genesis 22:7, 8 - Isaac said to his father Abraham, "Father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." He said, "The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" Abraham said, "God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together.


Abraham responded to the Gospel 2000 years before the Advent. His story has incredible impact for the believer. "Take your son, your only sonů" The connection is undeniable. Vs 14 - "So Abraham called the place "The LORD will provide"; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided."

Jerusalem was built on the traditional "mount of the Lord," also called Moriah. And it was in this city Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world. Just coincidence? - I could never think so. We celebrate Jesus' birth a few kilometers south in Bethlehem, the town where shepherds kept pens of lambs destined for the temple sacrifices in Jerusalem. Long before Jesus, ancient prophets said, "on the mount of the LORD it shall be provided."


[ Prayer for the Day ]

Father, we thank you for the gift of your love - for the provision of atoning sacrifice in Jesus. Bless us during this season as we remember Jesus' coming to this earth. Amen.


[ Reference Scriptures ]

Genesis 22:1,2 [AV]
1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

Genesis 22:13,14 [AV]
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.


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