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Names of Our God, Part 1: Jehovah-Jireh, The Lord Provider



     Do you know what your name means or where it comes from? Many of us may have a name passed onto us by our family. There was a time when the meaning of a name was very significant.  Parents would choose carefully the name they were going to give to their newborn child.  This chosen name was something that marked them as a person. It told a story. It told who they were.

     When we refer to God we use names such as Lord, Savior and Heavenly Father. All of these names refer to God.

     When the Scriptures were written in Hebrew the name given to God was Yahweh (and in our translation it is Jehovah). It is the powerful defining name of God that was used in the Old Testament:  A name so holy and so revered that it was not spoken aloud for fear that they would mispronounce the name of the divine God.  And when the name was written they would throw the pen away to never use the same pen again that had been used to write the name of their God.

     Jehovah/Yahweh. This name for God comes from the verb "to be," meaning simply but profoundly, "I am who I am," and "I will be who I will be."  It was the name by which God revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush (Exodus 3:14). Although this name Jehovah was given to God in the Old Testament it still describes who He is to us and for us today.  Hebrews 13:8 says ¨Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. ¨  Who He was, He will always be.

Let´s Consider One Name of Jehovah Jireh:

     Jehova-Jireh refers to the provision of the ram in place of Isaac for Abraham's sacrifice (Genesis 22:14). The meaning of this name is "The Lord Who Provides." The name is literally, "The Lord who Sees," or "The Lord Who Will See To It."  This is what we long for when we have a need:  a GOD who will see to our needs and provide.  One who knows my need because He SEES, one who is able to meet my need in just the right time as He did for Abraham, and one who can meet it fully.  For Abraham, it was the ram caught in the bush that was offered in Isaac's place.  For us, it is whatever we are in need of today.

Today JESUS IS OUR PROVIDER – Our Jehovah-Jireh:

John 14:13-14: "And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it" (NIV).

John 15:16: "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name" (NIV).

     The name Jehovah-Jireh is crucial for us today as we seek to know God.  It is a name that assures us that our Heavenly Father is able to provide any need we have.  He is our Jehovah-Jireh. Our Provider! The one who sees the need. Trust Him! That He is who His name declares Him to be. Yesterday, today and forever.

Prayer:  Father, I thank you today that You are my Jehovah-Jireh. You are the God that sees the need and the God that provides. I thank You because this is a promise of Your Word and today I declare that promise over my life, over my family, over my job, over my present and over my future. May my life be proof that I serve the Jehovah-Jireh: The God who is my Provider. Thank You now that provisions for needs are on their way. ToYyou I give ALL the Glory. Amen

Copyright © 2008-2014 Melinda Henderson


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