Names of God 2

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all,
how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:32 (ESV)

Jehovah-Jireh means, “the Lord sees”. In Genesis 22:14 Abraham formulated this name and gave it to the place where the LORD had provided a ram as a substitute for the sacrifice of his son Isaac. At that moment Abraham realised that the Lord’s seeing was not some superficial viewing or emotionless watching, but a compassionate looking to it. It was a recognising of the real need, which led to the appropriate action. Abraham honoured God by giving the name Jehovah-Jireh to the mount, where later the temple and alter of burnt offering would stand and point to Jesus, the substitute for our sin. The Holy Spirit helped Abraham understand that the LORD will care for his children by providing the sacrifice to atone for sin.

The name Jehovah-Jireh underlines that, from God’s point of view, the deepest need of all men is for a sin offering. The Lord saw our need and dealt with it by sending and sacrificing His Son, Jesus Christ, for us. This is God’s first and most important way of caring for us! In our ministry, may we see the children the same way the Lord sees them; with a compassionate view that understands what their deepest need is. And may this view then lead us to the appropriate action, namely to tell the children that the Lord cares for them by providing Jesus as a sacrifice for their sin.

The name Jehovah-Jireh also indicates that God provides for our other needs. In Romans 8:32, Paul echoes Gen 22:10 and 14 when he says: He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? After taking care for our deepest need God also cares for our other needs. He knows what you need in times of difficulty and distress. He provides comfort and help or gives wisdom and insight or sometimes correction. He knows what we need! He sees us! Do we also see Him behind every provision for our need?

The name Jehovah-Jireh encourages us to trust Him. Abraham was directed to the ram only at the last moment. This is not unusual. The Lord often deals this way with his children. When Israel was almost overtaken by Pharaoh, the Lord opened a way through the Red Sea! When Peter was nearly delivered over to execution, the angel appeared and rescued him. Don’t be surprised when you do not see His helping hand immediately. Don’t think that the Lord does not see you. Jehovah-Jireh comes at just the right time, never too soon and never too late!

Gerd Walter