He Will Provide

They stood on the spot where the sacrifice was to be given. Isaac turns to his father and says, “We have the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb?”

His voice quivers as Abraham answers, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” Little did he understand or comprehend the true significance of those words, “God will provide himself a lamb….”

Only a Father could truly understand the internal struggle Abraham endured. The indescribable anguish—so great it nearly crushed his heart. As Abraham bound his son and laid him on the altar, he must have hoped there was still another way. Perhaps this was only a test? How would he tell Sarah he had taken the life of their only son?

But greater than all this was his faith in the One whose voice clearly called him to the mountain of God. Slowly he raises the knife, preparing to take Isaac’s life, when suddenly, a Voice speaks—the same voice that will judge the wicked and call the righteous back from the dead. It’s the Voice that will proclaim His love for His creation throughout eternity.

“Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him;” it says, “for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

The Bible states that Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh. This name is spoken of in the Bible only once. And, only once did God offer His Son, “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree.” (1 Peter 2:24 NKJV)

Jehovahjireh
—this solemn, endearing term—has been used by many to “name and claim” the blessings of God. But doing so only diminishes the pure and holy purpose of who Jehovahjireh is. He is the God who emptied the storehouse of Heaven and gave Heaven’s richest gift in the life of Jesus, “the lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8 NKJV.) Abraham would never again be able look at the sacrificial lamb without thinking of the Infinite Price paid for sin.

As Christians, we sometimes become calloused by the corrupting influences of the world in which we live. The lapse of time since Calvary has blocked from the minds of many the reality that Jesus died for each one of us. God withheld Abraham from taking Isaac’s life, but he did not withhold His Son to save the lost sheep. On this rebellious, fallen planet, Jesus died for us, “that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24.)

Through this valuable lesson, God taught everyone the truth of the infinite value of the sacrifice He provided. The angelic host watched in wonder and amazement to see the unfolding of this trial of faith and, in their minds, the plan of redemption became clearer and shone brighter, lighting up the path to the cross. They too saw that in Jesus, God would provide “Himself a lamb.”

There’s a question each one must answer: Has His love shone into the darkest corners of my heart, and am I willing to allow Him to redeem me from the curse and power of sin?

Based on Genesis 22:1-17
—Pastor Steve Nelson