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 22:13-14
Imagine that you and your spouse waited years for a child and FINALLY you are blessed with a little one. As you stare at that child, you are 100% in love. You desire to protect that little one from all of the ugliness of the world. You are beyond grateful to God for giving you this child. You watch him begin to grow up … he plays with trucks and legos and runs around with other little boys. Then one day the moment that existed in your nightmares arrives. You have a choice, there are many people in danger and the only way to save them is to sacrifice your son. There is a story that has gone around called “The Drawbridge Keeper”, check it out. Could you make that choice? Could you allow your child to die?
This is exactly the choice that Abraham was faced with. He didn’t have to choose between his son’s life and the lives of many others. He did, in fact, have to choose to trust and obey God over protecting the life of his son. This is becoming one of my favorite moments in Scripture. Seeing God’s plan woven throughout the details of history is truly amazing. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born. He waited so long to see God’s promise come to be. Then a few years later he saw Isaac’s short life flash before his eyes. God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham moved in obedience. At the last moment, God provided a ram caught in the thicket as a substitute. This led to Abraham realizing the truth of this name.
This name is found only this one time in the Old Testament as a name of God. Once again, the idea is found throughout Scripture. Since God is self-existing (Yahweh), He is all we need. The name means “The LORD will provide”. It is to be seen or provided by Jah / Yah or Jehovah / Yahweh. Another interesting detail about this is that the place Abraham went was Mount Moriah. Moriah comes from the same word – Jireh. This is actually very close to the hill where Jesus was crucified.
This leads us into how Jesus fulfills everything embodied in this name. There is so much symbolism in the details of Abraham and Isaac that points to Jesus. But the most important is that He becomes the substitute for us.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:23
We are all sinners … everyone of us … Each of us deserves death. But because of God’s love for us, He provided a way for us to be forgiven. Jesus is that way. He paid the penalty for our sin, so that we can enter Heaven. Just as God provided the “lamb” to substitute for Isaac, He also provided Jesus, the Lamb of God, as a substitute for us. Oh, how beautiful that is!
Sister, it doesn’t matter what we have done, or where we have been … we just need to turn to God and He provides the way for our forgiveness. He will also provide what we need to deal with the trauma that we have had to deal with. He will provide the strength to become survivors! Isn’t that truly amazing!