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JESUS CHRIST: The Fulfillment of the Promises of God Part 2 of 9: The Lord Sees and Provides
Part 2: The Lord Sees and Provides (Jehovah-Jireh)
2Corinthians 1:19-20 (EMTV): “19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us - by me, Silvanus, and Timothy––was not "Yes and no," but in him was "Yes." 20 For all the promises of God in him are "Yes," and in him "Amen," to the glory of God through us.”
As God was in covenant relation to the nation of Israel so He is in covenant relation to all who have believed on His Son, Jesus Christ. The Jehovah titles disclose what God is toward His people, His characteristics as Jehovah. As God was Jehovah to the nation of Israel, so He is Jehovah to us, His covenant people today, through the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The first in a series of the Jehovah titles found in scripture is Jehovah-Jireh: Jehovah will see and provide. This title is used in Genesis 22:14:
Genesis 22:13-14: "13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen."
The expression used in here in Genesis 22:14, "in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen," is regarded by Old Testament language experts as being equivalent to the saying, "Man's extremity is God's opportunity." When Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac, the Lord saw and the Lord provided. God has not changed, He sees our need and provides through the accomplished sacrifice of Jesus Christ at Calvary. It was a very good thing for many (especially Isaac) that Abraham considered God's provision sufficient. How about us? Is Christ and him crucified sufficient payment for our sins, or should we throw an extra dollar in the plate just in case?
This characteristic of God seeing and providing can be traced throughout the Scriptures, such as in His dealings with the nation of Israel. God delivered them from the bondage of Egypt into the promised land (Exodus 3:7-10). They did ask Him for deliverance from the bondage of Egypt, but they didn’t ask Him for the Promised Land. The Lord saw and provided for them even above what they had confidence to ask for. Psalms 78 declares this covenant relation God had with Israel:
- Psalms 78:13-16: “13 He divided the sea and let them pass through it, and made the waters stand like a heap. 14 In the daytime he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a fiery light. 15 He cleft rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep. 16 He made streams come out of the rock, and caused waters to flow down like rivers.”
- Psalms 78:22-29: “22 because they had no faith in God, and did not trust his saving power. 23 Yet he commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven; 24 and he rained down upon them manna to eat, and gave them the grain of heaven. 25 Man ate of the bread of the angels; he sent them food in abundance. 26 He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind; 27 he rained flesh upon them like dust, winged birds like the sand of the seas; 28 he let them fall in the midst of their camp, all around their habitations. 29 And they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved."
- Psalms 78:52-55: “52 Then he led forth his people like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. 53 He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. 54 And he brought them to his holy land, to the mountain which his right hand had won. 55 He drove out nations before them; he apportioned them for a possession and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents."
As Jehovah delivered Israel from the bondage of Egypt into the Promised Land, so he delivered us from the bondage of sin into the promised land of the Kingdom of Heaven THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. Jehovah saw the need of the Children of Israel and delivered them. Jehovah saw our need and delivered us. He is Jehovah-Jireh to us through Christ:
- Ephesians 1:3-8a: “3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ: 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love: 5 having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved: 7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he made to abound toward us…"
- Romans 8:16-17a: “16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint–heirs with Christ.”
- Ephesians 1:13-14: “13 in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation,––in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 which is an earnest (down payment, deposit) of our inheritance, unto the redemption of God’s own possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
- Ephesians 3:20: “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
The supply of all our need comes to us through union with Christ, that is, it comes to us because of the Lord Jesus Christ and what he has purchased for us. All of God’s blessings to us, spiritual and physical, come through this particular channel, through everything that Christ is and has done. Our God is He who sent his only begotten, His well-beloved Son to the horrifying cross of Calvary, where his blood was shed and his body was broken in order that we would be forgiven, made righteous, reconciled to God and forever happy recipients of His provision all all good things.
He that spared not His own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall He not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans. 8:32)
God, who spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, is not going to forsake us in lesser matters such as food, shelter and clothing. The greater that is already done provides assurance that He will certainly do the lesser. So, the blessings that are ours will be commensurate with the Savior’s obedience to the death of Calvary. God will abundantly meet us in our needs as Christ so deserves. No less than this is guaranteed. All good things come to us through this great Mediator who died for us and now lives for us. Our life and his life are one. Can you imagine God being reluctant to bless his beloved Son in whom he is well pleased? So we can expect such a love from God. The blessings are all ours in Christ Jesus, that is to say, they are not given based on what we do or don’t do, but they are all based on what Jesus Christ has already done and is. The blessings have been purchased. We have been purchased. The price has been paid. It is finished! You are in Christ Jesus, identified with him; God will meet all your needs graciously and gloriously.
We have responded to our Heavenly Father. We have sat within the sound of His word. We have heard the offer of the gospel; our sins like scarlet stains have been made as white as snow. He has said to us, "Come unto me and I will give you rest." God has said it so affectionately: "I love you so much that I have blessed you with every good and perfect gift. I have sent to you the gentle rain, sunshine and fruitful seasons. I have dealt with you by grace. I love you and have made your perfect. I love you so much that I gave you my only begotten Son to be your Savior. He died for your forgiveness, he is alive as your righteousness, sanctification and redemption, and he ascended for your acceptance, for your health and for your prosperity. You are protected, provided for and kept in him. I give you salvation. I give you every blessing in Christ. The earth is mine and the fullness thereof, your health and your prosperity have been purchased – take freely thereof and eat. I give you all of my love in Christ Jesus the Lord."
This is the Christ who is freely and genuinely offered to us in the good news. Those things that God's love is saying to us are true, irrespective of how we feel or what we have done. God is love, and that is true. God is continually giving His love to every one of us, this will never cease, and that is also true. We do not spurn His love. Not us! This God is our Father. This God’s glory we adore – we hear the gospel. This God is our daily delight - we hear the gospel. We belong to this God and we pursue Him with one steadfast high intent – that Jesus Christ the Lord would be all in all throughout the church forever and ever, unto the glory of God, our everlasting joy.
Our God is tested and proved. He is the God of our genuinely best experiences, whom we have tried and not found wanting. We speak of Him as did the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:19, as our own God - "My God! He is the one who shall supply all your needs." This is the same God of whom we too say that He is 'my God.' Our God is the one upon whom we have cast many a burden. He our Father to whom we turn at moments of acute distress. When Moses was on the threshold of the Promised Land facing another great test, he could look back and affirm that not one word of all that the Lord had spoken to him had failed. David before the test of Goliath's menace could say that the Lord had delivered him from the mouth of the lion and the paw of the bear, and He would continue to be with him now as he faced the giant. This is our God. This is the one true God who we frequently put to the test in the exigencies of our own lives. This God we have accepted. This God we have known and served. We cried and the Lord answered. We did not cry into a void. Jesus Christ our Lord cried into the void that we might never know a forsaking God. From fearful pits He has delivered us. From miry clay He has rescued us. When we waited on the Lord during the hours of darkness joy came in the morning. In the valley of the shadow we were not alone; He was there with His rod and His staff to comfort us. "Lo! I am with you always." He is a proven God. His promises are verified in our growing relationship with him. We have been graciously dealt with by our God in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth, in abundance and in need. We speak of what we know. We speak of truth in Christ. We speak of grace. We speak of what God freely gives us.
- Philippians 4:19, 20: "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
- Hebrews 13:20, 21: "20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
What God was to His covenant people throughout the Old Testament, he is to His covenant people today through the redemptive work of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
We are a special people who are in covenant relation to JEHOVAH through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ – the blood of the eternal covenant. All the promises of God toward us find their “yes” and “amen” in Jesus Christ forever.