Genesis 22:8, 14. “And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering… And Abraham called the name of the place, Jehovah Jireh, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, ‘In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’”
“God will provide Himself, the lamb.” Many times when we invoke the name of Jehovah Jireh, we are focused on His provision for our material possessions. As we look more closely, Jehovah Rohe, our Shepherd, is the one who supplies our physical needs. Jehovah-Jireh is directly related to the sacrifice of the lamb, the precious Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. God provided Himself, the lamb.
In the beginning our Father chose to sacrifice His only Son and here Abraham was asked to do the same. This is a life for life situation and such a beautiful picture of our redemption, the complete work of the blood of Jesus, the ram in the bush.
Because the prophet/perceiver walks in a spirit of excellence, he is always striving to reach higher, do it better and he is willing to embrace great pain to achieve this standard. Yet this standard is too high for him to reach 100% of the time. And because to the prophet it is either right or wrong, black or white, he is quick to point out when other do not meet this standard either.
The sacrifice and blood of the ram in the bush was a black or white issue. It’s all or nothing. Forgiveness versus unforgiveness. Freedom versus bondage. Either you are in or out, no in between. Here the prophet meets the impassable, unachievable standard. He must choose to receive this grace at the altar of the lamb, and understand that Jehovah Jireh made full provision for his sin, 100%. There is nothing he can do to earn it, buy it, nor embrace enough pain to attain it. The only thing required at this altar is a broken and contrite heart of repentance.
However, the carnal prophet has a difficult time of recognizing when he is wrong or that he has missed the mark. In his heart he says ‘but if only they would have done such and such.” or “I realize I was wrong, but..” For the carnal prophet there are always many buts or if only’s. Accepting full responsibility for his missing the mark comes hard, and the grace seems too easy to accept.
As he embraces Jehovah Jireh’s full sacrifice, understanding he can add nothing, and dies to his efforts and striving, he shifts into freedom! 100% free! Isaac was totally set free by the blood of the ram in the bush, and the prophet is totally set free by the blood of the Lamb of God. As the Prophet embraces the full provision of Jehovah Jireh to cleanse him of all his unrighteousness, his astounding ability to communicate this principle of freedom brings restoration and life to others. His ability to see the end from the beginning gives him a glimpse of what others would look like if they were walking in full restoration. Seeing clearly the principle of freedom by the blood of Jesus, he is quick to declare this truth to all who will listen.
This gives us yet another brief look into the heart of the redemptive gift of prophet/perceiver.
Other comparisons for the prophet are the Brazen Altar of the Tabernacle and the first day of creation. All of these and more are discussed in much more detail in my upcoming book, Your Destiny, His Glory! To be released on our website June 26. Be watching!