Feb 22, 2010

Yahweh-Yireh, Jehovah-Jireh, The LORD Will Provide

Studying the Names of God with Yolanda at Joy Comes in the Morning from the book LORD, I Want to Know You by Kay Arthur. I am also studying from the book Praying the Names of God by Ann Spangler.

Whenever the Name Yahweh (LORD) is compounded with another another name it gives us insight into the very essence of God's character. The Name Yahweh-Yireh means The LORD will Provide. Yireh is derived from the word rach which means "to see". Because God sees the past, present, and future, He is able to know beforehand what our needs are and therefore make provision for all that we need. I found it interesting to learn that the English word for provision is made up of two Latin words that mean "to see beforehand".

Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied. "Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son." 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." Genesis 22:10-14 (NIV)

The first use of this Name is in Genesis 22:14. Kay makes the connection between this account in Genesis 22:1-14 with the sacrifice that God made of His only beloved Son for our sins. God had told Abraham to go to Moriah to sacrifice his son. This is very near the place where Jesus was crucified. Abraham placed the wood for the fire on his son's back to carry to the alter. Jesus carried His cross to the place where His sacrifice took place. In both instances Yahweh-Yireh provided salvation. In the first instance He provided a substitute sacrifice, in the second instance He provided His own Son as the final sacrifice. Abraham's son was spared, Yahweh's Son was not.

...and said, "I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me." Genesis 22:16-18 (NIV)

From Genesis 22:16-18 we see that it was because of Abraham's obedience to Yahweh that he received Yahweh's provision. In order for Abraham's descendants to be as numerous as the sands on the seashore, there had to be one grain in place. That one grain was the very thing that Yahweh asked of Abraham. Even though it made no sense at all, Abraham trusted Yahweh enough to relinquish that one grain. The only visible hope of the promise being fulfilled. It was his trust revealed in his obedience that brought the provision.

What does the Name Yahew-Yireh speak to my heart?
Yahweh looks ahead and prepares His provision for my needs, but He is not obligated to provide. He expects my obedience, for obedience is the means by which my trust in Him (Faith) is revealed. My part is not to worry about whether or not God will keep His part. My part is to trust and obey.

Oh Yahweh-Yireh, please help me to walk in absolute trust and obedience to you. In Jesus Name ~ Amen

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. Psalm 111:5

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. Exodus 19:5

What does the Name Yahew-Yireh speak to your heart?

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Andrea said...

Awesome! Hope you are doing well. Blessings, andrea

From the Heart said...

Peace, peace, wonderful peace. I felt that today. Will tell you the story soon.

Love reading your writings.

Lea said...

Learning His names definitely helps me even FEEL closer to Him. I keep a Victory Journal and re-reading what He's done... makes me see His names... in the Victory. The times' he's met our needs... the many many times! I'm so thankful!!

Holykisses dear friend!
Love Lea

RCUBEs said...

Coming from another sister's blog whose needs were answered, it was just a great reminder of how God meets our needs, by using His children, too. He even provided His only Son to redeem us from our sins. To God be the glory! Blessings to you sister.

Yolanda said...

I find it utterly amazing that He "Sees" and "SAW" before hand and still chose to allow His son to die for me. AMAZING LOVE!

Thank you for walking along side this study with me, I appreciate your depth and insight. WITH MUCH LOVE, Yolanda

Heart2Heart said...


I like what you reader commented about a journal for victories. I guess my blog works for me in those instances and thus why I am so transparent in everything I post and share. It's that trust that I am building bridges to help others find the way to God and His love and grace.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Kathy S. said...

That one grain...

Relinquish...what is visible to gain what is invisible...

Trust and Obey...

Much to ponder Edie! Thanks!

Kind of throws self-effort and reliance out the window...come to think of it, Abraham tried that before he relinquished the one grain...but God brought him to the place...with the wood...and the faith...and the grain...

ah Jehovah Jireh, my provider...His grace is sufficient for me!

2Thinks said...

I love the song: Jehovah Jireh, my provider..His grace is sufficient for me, for me, for me...

I do wish I could have a real time Bible study with you, girl.


This is the very Name of God
that GOD HIMSELF gave to me - on the lips of my husband, Bob, 5 minutes before Jesus ushered him into glory. That Word - PROVIDER - entails so much more than just physical provision - as I had first thought.

Your words here:
"My part is to trust and obey."

So simple. Yet SO PROFOUND if we will just heed them! Your post brought even more insight with that definition exposed! Wow! God continues to remove more scales from my eyes concerning this Name He has placed over me!

HE IS FAITHFUL - Who fulfills the promises He has made!

Amen, Sister..... thanks for examining the heart of God here.

Choosing JOY, Stephanie
JESUS ONLY in 2010

Sue J. said...

Jesus showed obedience to His Father, and Abraham's Father. Though the Son of God was slain, God rewarded Jesus for His obedience with His placement at His right hand--interceding for us, of all people! Praise Him!!

I know a lot of folks have trouble with the concept of predestination. But, if the God who thought of me before the beginning of the world is the one who provides exactly what I need, when I need it--all out of love--I just don't see how predestination is so difficult a thing in which to believe.

But, do we have the faith to believe that He will provide?! Ah.....By the power of the Name!

Warren Baldwin said...

Great Hebrew word study! Studying the original languages can provide amazing insight into God's word. Good post.

My ADHD Me said...

Hi Edie.
Just stopping in to see how you are doing.
I saw on your other site that you have been busy and for that I am SO glad!
Take care!!!!

Paula said...

Great writing!

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