Jehovah Jireh – The Lord Will Provide (Genesis 22: 14). Jehovah Jireh is used just once in Scripture, in Genesis 22: 14, but it’s a usage with repercussions through eternity.
When God called Abraham to sacrifice his greatest treasure, his son Isaac, to the Lord, Abraham was prepared to obey. But at the last moment, the Angel of the Lord-believed by many scholars to be the person of Jesus Christ appearing in the Old Testament-stopped him and revealed God as Jehovah Jireh.
Genesis 22:11-14 says, “But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ So he said, ‘Here I am.’ And He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.’ Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, Jehovah Jireh; as it is said to this day, ‘In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’”
In today’s culture, we often don’t understand the idea of “atonement” (“reparations for an offense or injury”) in relation to our own sin as we expect our wrongdoing will simply be overlooked or “forgiven”, no payment required, as long as we are sorry. But this theology is found nowhere in Scripture. To the contrary, we can never stand “justified” before a just and holy God without atonement.
But because of the incomprehensible love of God, He provided the atonement for us: One Who would take the punishment in our place- His own Son, Jesus Christ. Isaiah 53: 5 says, “But He [Jesus] was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes (that wounded) Him we are healed and made whole.”
When Abraham met God as Jehovah Jireh, it was when God provided a substitutionary sacrifice and spared Abraham from devastation beyond comprehension. In the same way, God provided His Son, Jesus, as the substitutionay sacrifice to spare us from devastation beyond comprehension in separation from God. The choice is ours, however, of whether to accept Jehovah Jireh’s provision of salvation.