“Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided’” (Genesis 22.13-14 NIV).
One of the names that Abraham gave God is Yahweh Yireh, which means “The Lord will Provide.”
The context of this Provision is so precious. God asked Abraham to sacrifice the very Promise he and his wife had waited for so long. And though they were beyond the age of childbearing, God did a miracle and Provided their son, Isaac, in their old age (Genesis 21.1-7). However, God asked Abraham to sacrifice this Promise to test his heart. Would Abraham put his realized Promise above God? Abraham knew he had a Promise of being a father to many nations (Genesis 17.4-6), and despite the contradiction of sacrificing the very person who was to be a continuation of this Promise, Abraham trusted God would Provide. When his son, Isaac, noted that they had the wood and fire but no sacrifice, Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son” (Genesis 22.8 NIV).
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8.32 NIV).
The story of God Providing a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac is a beautiful picture of God Providing Jesus to be sacrificed for us.
“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others” (2 Corinthians 9.8 NLT).
Here are seven more verses on Provision that we can speak by faith as we follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in obedience.
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