Jehovah-jireh - The Lord Will See To It
Dr. Joe Temple


In this study, we will begin an examination of some phrases, particularly in the Old Testament, in which the original language is stated in the text and the English derivative is given. There are many spiritual lessons in such instances in the Word of God, and a number of those instances are found in what we refer to as the “Compound Names of God.” Many of you are familiar with the compound names of God, and those instances to which I refer are found in them, as well as in other places, so in our next several lessons we are going to be thinking along that line.

There are three main names of God: Jehovah, Adonai, and Elohim. Those words are indicated in your Bible in a very unique way. The word Jehovah is spelled out. Really it is the Hebrew word Yahweh . It is spelled out Jehovah . The word Adonai is spelled out Lord , with the first letter capitalized. The word Elohim is spelled LORD, with every letter capitalized. As we go along, you will notice those differences to indicate which name of God is used.

God's Provision for Abraham

These names of God, Jehovah being the main one, are sometimes paired with another word which gives a compound name of God. That is what we want to examine today, so open your Bible to Genesis, chapter 22, and notice that we have the story of how God instructed Abraham to offer up his son, Isaac, as a living sacrifice on Mount Moriah. In the third verse we notice that Abraham and his servants and Isaac rose up very early and started on the journey to Mount Moriah. When they approached the mountain, he told the servants to abide where they were, and he and Isaac would go on up to the mountain and make the sacrifice. In verse 7, you will notice:

Genesis 22

7And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

I would like for you notice in verse 8, “God will provide.” That is an indication of what we are going to learn today about this name of God. This is a very natural question on the part of Isaac. He saw all the preparation for the sacrifice, but no sacrifice. He did not know at that moment that Abraham planned to offer him as a sacrifice, and Abraham gave the answer, “God will provide,” because in his heart, he felt that God would surely make provision in this particular test that He had called upon him to go through.

As we glance on through the chapter, you will notice that the altar was built and the wood was placed thereupon, and then Isaac was placed upon the altar, and in verse 10:

Genesis 22

10And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
11And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
12And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
13And 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.
14And 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.

We want to think especially about verse 14. I want to suggest one thing about this verse before we go any farther, and that is that the last statement of the verse, “In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen”, is not a happy translation. I mean by that that it is not as accurate as it could be because actually the phrase, “it shall be seen,” is a translation of the word jirehJehovah-Jireh . The word jireh is a word that may be translated provide as in verse 8 where we read a moment ago, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb.” Very literally, if you look at the derivative of this word, it is “the Lord will see to it.” So actually what we should read in verse 14 is: “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mountain the LORD will see to it.” I like that because that is exactly what God did in the mountain.

Picture Abraham going up to that mountain, loving God and loving his son and wanting to obey God, not wanting to kill his son. Picture Abraham, because he was human, though he was the perfect man; he was human, though he was the friend of God. Picture Abraham as he went up to that mountain in somewhat of a state of confusion—not confusion to the point of despair—as he said within his own heart, “I don't understand this. God said to me way back yonder when Isaac was born that out of Isaac there was going to come a great crowd of people—many, many people would be born as the descendants of Isaac. Yet my son is twenty-two years of age. He isn't married; he has no children. God wants me to offer him on the altar as a sacrifice.” Abraham could well have looked up into Heaven and said, “Lord, I'm confused; I don't understand. How are you going to do this? What is going to be the outcome of it?” The farther he went, the more confusion arose in his mind; and it didn't help at all when Isaac said, “Father, where is the sacrifice?”

Try to put yourself in that place today; try to visualize how he must have felt. Can't you imagine how he must have stopped and thought, “What will I tell him? I can't lie to him. I can't tell him that I have a sacrifice. I don't want to tell him he is the sacrifice. What can I say? The Lord will see to it.” By faith he said this. Why do you suppose he said that? Because he meant just that. He did not know what God would do, but he knew God would do something.

Abraham's Faith In God's Promise

Someone might say, “Abraham knew all along that that ram or lamb would be caught in the bushes.” No, he didn't know. All he knew was that the Lord would see to it. You may ask, “How do you know he didn't know?” Because the Bible says that he didn't. Turn to the book of Hebrews, chapter 11; you will have an illustration of what crossed the mind of Abraham when he said to his son Isaac, “The Lord will see to it.” What did he have in mind when he said that? Did he know exactly what God would do? No, he did not know exactly what God would do, but he had faith enough in God to believe that God could do the ultimate, that God could do the unexpected. Notice Hebrews, chapter 11:

Hebrews 11

17By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19[Notice this verse] Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

That helps us to know something of what was in the mind of Abraham when he said to his son, “The Lord will see to it.” That certainly proves beyond all doubt that he did not know that a lamb would be caught in a thicket because he hoped he wouldn't have to offer his son, but he fully expected that he must. He decided that, because he believed the promise of God, if he had to offer his son upon the altar as a sacrifice to God that God would see to His promise by raising him from the dead. God would see to it. It is such a blessing to be able to rest upon this knowledge of God: Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord will see to it.

Let me make a point or two from a spiritual standpoint, a spiritual application. First, do you realize that Abraham would never have known God in this way if he had not had this experience? He knew God; he was called the friend of God. He knew Him in a very intimate way, but he would never have known him as the Lord who is able to see to it if he had not been in the place where God had to see to it.

Deliverance From Distress

Turn in your Bibles, please, to Psalm 107, and notice how the Psalmist describes the exact place in which Abraham was and how many times some of us—perhaps all of us—have been at that very place. Speaking of the human race and the failings and the fallacies of the human race, you will notice in verse 27:

Psalm 107

27They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.
28Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

Sometimes the winds of trouble blow so upon us that we can't remain upright; we are almost overcome with them. Sometimes we have to drink of the cup of trouble to such an extent that it is almost more than we can bear, and we reel and stagger as drunken men. Sometimes we reach that place in our experience where we are at our wits' end. Have you ever been at your wits' end? That means that you didn't know what to do and you didn't know what was going to be done. You just didn't know; you were at wits' end. What did you do? You called on the Lord, and He heard you, and He delivered you from your trouble and out of your distress.

If you have never been at wits' end, you'll never know the blessing of calling on the Lord from a place like that and seeing the Lord work. If you've never been to the place where you have to ascend the mountain with your very heart bleeding and your mind confused and your faith waivering, you'll never know the blessing of being able to say, “The Lord shall see to it.” You'll never know what joy there is to be able to stand and give the testimony, “The Lord has seen to it.”

A Testimony of Deliverance

On the way up the mountain, all that Abraham could say to Isaac was, “The Lord will see to it.” On the way down from the mountain, in his heart Abraham could be singing, “The Lord has seen to it; the Lord has seen to it.” We would be doing no violence to the Scripture to think of this incident in terms of human relations. Have you thought about Sarah in this particular instance? Have you thought about how she must have felt as she was left at home in the tent, fully knowing what was going on? Have you thought of how she must have stayed there in the tent and prayed, “Lord, we don't know why; we don't understand. What are we going to do?”

Have you ever paused in the quiet of your own heart and meditated upon the joy there must have been when Sarah looked out the tent door and saw the caravan approaching? There were many servants and many animals. Can you picture how she must have looked to see how many were coming back? When it got close enough and she could see her only child was in the caravan, can you imagine how she must have lifted her heart to God and said, “Thank you, God.”, without knowing anything about it; and then as soon as they got up close enough where they could converse, Abraham could say, “Sarah, The Lord has seen to it. The Lord has seen to it.”? I'm sure she didn't get the details right away. I'm sure he didn't tell her right away about that lamb caught in the bushes. I'm sure that waited until after she had a time of loving her son who had been restored to her arms—that's what the Scripture says—as one who was raised from the dead. I'm sure that every time they passed by Mount Moriah, they could say, “The Lord saw to it. The Lord saw to it.”

Are there any Mount Moriahs in your life? Have you been to wits' end corner when you didn't know what to do and where to turn? Did you give up? Well, you didn't need to. All you needed to do is cry out unto the Lord and let Him see to it. Have you been to the place in your life where you knew very definitely the Lord had spoken to your heart, that it was necessary for you obey in blind faith and all you could say to anyone who asked as Isaac asked Abraham, “Where is the sacrifice?” is, “The Lord will see to it; I don't know the end from the beginning; I don't know what is going to be the outcome; all I know is the Lord will see to it.”? Have you been to that place in your life where you have to walk so much by faith that you have to believe the promise of God even in the face of death and yet keep saying to yourself, “The Lord will see to it. The Lord will see to it.”?


This much we know: The Bible says, “Count it all joy when you fall into diverse testing.” When you fall into those testings, you can't count it joy. There is no use for you to try. But after the testing is over, you can look back on it, and you can be so glad it happened for you never would have known the Lord in the way that you know Him now if there hadn't been a Mount Moriah.


We are grateful, Our Father, for Thy Word. We thank Thee that Thou hast shown Thyself to Abraham as “the One Who will see to it.” We thank Thee that there have been Mount Moriahs in our lives. May we learn to trust Thee more each day. For we pray in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

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