Names of God: Yahweh Jireh
From an expository sermon on the names of God. This sermon uses the text from Genesis 22 of Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac to help build trust in God. We can trust God because He knows more than we do, is able to do what we cannot do, and is able to provide what we cannot provide for ourselves.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Names of God: Yahweh Jireh
Top Ten Fears or phobias:10: Mysophobia: fear of dirt and germs9: Pteromerhanophobia: fear of flying8: Social Phobias: fear of social situations7: Trypanophobia: fear of injections6: Astraphobia: fear of thunder and lightning
Top Ten Fears or phobias:5: Cynophobia: Fear of dogs4: Agoraphobia: Fear of situations where escape is impossible, i.e. crowds3: Acrophobia: Fear of heights2: Ophidiophobia: Fear of snakes1: Arachnophobia: Fear of spiders
Trust: Why is it so hard totrust God? We don’t know what He wants from us. We are afraid to lose our independence. We are afraid it will cost too much. We are afraid that He does not know what He is doing.
Genesis 22:9-14When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”;as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”
The Meaning of the Name:Yahweh-Jireh depicts Godwho foresees our need andmakes provision in advance,especially our need of Hisgrace.
Why do we need to trustGod? We need to let God be God because only He knows what He knows We need to let God be God because only He does what He does We need to let God be God because only He provides what He provides
1. God has foresight: Hesees what we need before weknow it or need it God tested Abraham. He did not tempt him. James 1:13 God taught Abraham. God saw the situation before Abraham did. Providence comes from “Pro-video” Jireh means “to see” The LORD who Sees
Why sacrifice Isaac? ISRAEL’S PROTECTION: Israel would be tempted with child sacrifice all of her existence. This experience was objective proof that God was against it . ABRAHAM’S FAITH: the testing of our faith develops perseverance. Which did he love more: God or his son, the Blesser or the blessing? PROPHETIC PICTURE: As a picture of the sacrifice of Christ. Mount Moriah, Moriah means “Yah will provide”
2. God’s foresight bringsprovision: He provides forour need before we know wehave a need The Lord watches over us with engaged compassion, not passive indifference When our situations change in life, the Lord already goes before and makes provision. The changes that you have in your future, God has already made provision for.
What should we ask God for? Give us this day our daily bread – our physical needs Forgive us our trespasses (once for all) as we forgive those who trespass against us (day by day) – our spiritual needs Lead us not into temptation (direction) but deliver us from evil (deliverance) – our spiritual needs 2/3’s of the Model Prayer Requests have to do with our spiritual needs.
3. God has made provisionfor our sins through ChristJesus “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Only God can provide the payment for our sins Our sins have separated us from Him
What did our sins do?Isaiah 59:1-2: “Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your sins have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”2 Corinthians 5:21: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Isaac and Jesus Miraculous births Born to fulfill a prophecy of God Born at the time God chose Rejected by their brothers Offered by their fathers as a sacrifice
Isaac’s and Jesus’Sacrifice Sacrificed by their fathers as only sons, Gen. 22:1-2, John 3:16 Loved by their fathers, Gen. 22:2, Luke 3:22 They carried the wood and cross, Gen. 22:6, John 19:17 They offered no resistance to death, Gen. 22:9, Isa. 53:7, Philippians 2:6-8 Experience was uniquely between father and son, Gen 22:5, Matt. 27:45
The Last Words of Christ Father, forgive them for they know not what they do, Luke 23:34 My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me! Matthew 27:46 Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit. Luke 23:46
“On the mount of the LORD itshall be provided.” Gen22:15 Trust His knowledge: Christ meets a need I did not know I had Trust His power: He does something for me that I cannot do for myself Trust His presence: He does something in me that I cannot do either