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Who is God – Day 4

Genesis 22:13-14

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

The Thought

Yahweh-Jireh or Jehovah Jireh meaning “The Lord will provide”, is the name used for God in this verse. The situation is an extremely difficult one. Certainly one which none of us would want to find ourselves in. God was testing Abraham to see if he really did trust Him with all his heart. Abraham passed the test!

The last part of this verse is interesting for those of us who have never been to The Holy Land and certainly have no chance of climbing mount Moriah (v1). It can have a spiritual sense in that it is the place the Lord wants us to live in permanently. A place of submission and obedience.

Abraham, who had waited till he was almost a hundred years old to father Isaac, was being asked to give him back to God, and in obedience Abraham was prepared to do that.

It reminds me of Job blessing God when he heard that his ten children had been killed in a disaster. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; may the name of The Lord be praised (Job 1:21). Most of us would not have that reaction.


Jehovah Jireh has provided for each of us many things. Think on that today and be blessed. Thank Him for specific things, or people that you are grateful for.

Read Genesis 22 and take time to understand the agony of Abraham, and the joy as he walked back down the mountain accompanied by Isaac, his son.

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