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Kendra Graham notes from : Genesis 22:13 & 14
“Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son.
Abraham called the name of that place, The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.””
Abraham looked and behind him, a ram was caught in the thicket and Abraham went and offered him up in place of his son. Abraham called the place, “The LORD Will Provide”.
I just returned from Israel two weeks ago and am still processing all that I saw. There is so much, that I’m having a hard time soaking it all in. I wish I could process in the present, but that is not how my brain works.
Allow me to take you to the Mount of Olives…
At the top of the Mount of Olives you are on the east side of Jerusalem and look across the Kidron Valley, past the walls of the great Old City of Jerusalem and to the place called the Temple Mount. The top of the mountain we are looking at, is Mount Moriah. Mount Moriah is the place where Abraham walked long ago with his son Isaac, who was bearing the weight of the wood for the sacrifice on his back as they maneuvered, together, up the mountain. On the top of that mountain, Abraham is willing to offer his son to God, trusting that God would either raise Isaac from the dead, or stop the process completely. Isaac was the son of promise to Abraham; the son that he had waited 100 years to have.
The wood was laid on the altar, then atop the wood, Isaac was placed. God stopped Abraham from harming his son in that moment by providing a ram in the thicket. Abraham trusted God completely with his most dear possession – his only son from his wife Sarah. Everything God had promised Abraham was wrapped up in Isaac, but Abraham trusted the Who that did the promising, over the what of the promise. This is huge. We tend to have faith for the what… and overlook, or yell at, or are disappointed in the Who. We were created to trust and walk with the Who of the promises, not the promises themselves.
As you look at Mount Moriah from the Mount of Olives, I noticed something that took me by surprise. As I scan across…. from left to right…. on the far right I saw this place, on the exact same range as the temple mount, the top of Mount Moriah …. and what I see is a place called Calvary. The place of the skull, the place where the Bible says Jesus, God’s one and only Son, bore the wood for the sacrifice on His back (John 19:17), yet there were no angels sent to stop the process. Here, on the same mountain, so many years later, there was no ram caught in the thicket that dark day. Yet on that day, instead of a ram, we hear in our hearts the words of John 1:29, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” “God who spared not His own Son…” Romans 8:32. Abraham was supplied a ram, which was insufficient until the Lamb. Jesus was led as a lamb for slaughter and bound as a sheep before her shearers (Isaiah 53). The Lamb was led bound from the Garden of Gethesemene on the Mount of Olives, over the valley of Kidron, through the east gate – up, up, up the ancient steps which led to the top of that famous mount of sacrifice. Jesus was tried by 3 Jewish audiences, and 3 Gentile audiences, found to be perfect without blemish, thus pronounced worthy to be slain as the perfect sacrifice of God. God knowing we were not created to bear such a burden, so He bore it Himself, pouring all His wrath out upon Himself. Jesus, Redeemer of Israel and the world.
Isaac saved from slaughter, and Jesus offered as that lamb to slaughter in his stead, my stead and your stead, all on the exact same mountain range.
Oh the deep deep love of Jesus. I do not believe I will ever be able to process all this in it’s entirety. How appropriate that Abraham called that place, “The LORD will provide.” Yahweh, the LORD GOD, WILL provide….[ future… will]…. and He did. God may have provided Abraham with a ram that day, but He provided all of us with the Lamb years later. Praise God! He has provided indeed!
What makes me question God’s provision for me? When have I been more focused on the “what” of the provision than the Who is providing?
LIVE IT OUT:
Today, Lord, help me to go through the day in awestruck thanks for the provision You have granted to me. Show me how to walk more closely with my Jehovah Jirah. Oh that You would be more personal to me.
What Scripture are you studying now? What have you learned? How has the Lord spoke to you? Share with us in the comments section.