Amelia and I went visiting one day in Brazil and stopped by the house of a kindergarten teacher. Her apartment was off of a very busy street, so I had to guide my car down a cobblestone road and find a spot to park that I could maneuver in and out of easily. We found a place and locked our doors before walking along the sidewalk by a small bar. It wasn’t quite evening yet, but the men were there playing dominoes and exchanging one bottle of beer out for another. I instructed Amelia to hurry and keep her head down in order to not draw unwarranted attention. We made it by them with a few cat calls and were almost at the apartment when I failed to see a low hanging chain across the parking spaces in front of the building and almost broke my face. It was in a position where I couldn’t see it and it almost cost me my teeth (which are already false to begin with!). Eventually we made it inside and had our visit, the results of which, I will come back to in a moment.
Last week I read the account of Abraham taking Isaac up a mountain in the land of Moriah. After God provided the ram for sacrifice, Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh and the Bible says……“it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.”
“What shall be seen?” I asked myself as I re-read the verse. And oh, what a sweet study that followed as I looked into the answer to my question.
Jesus isn’t like a low hanging chain out of the field of vision.
HE is High and Lifted up, the Lamb of God, slain from the foundations of the world.
When you look to Christ:
- Salvation is furnished.
- Redemption is final.
- Grace is freely given.
Jehovah-Jireh means “The Lord will see to it or the Lord will provide.” This is what Abraham called that place on the ridge in Moriah where the ram was caught in the thicket and ultimately sacrificed in place of Isaac. This is the same mountain ridge where over 2,000 years later on a hill called Golgotha, Christ, the Worthy Lamb, was slain for the sins of the world.
Jesus would be seen. His precious blood “provided” for the remission of sins.
That is a fact that hasn’t ever been hidden!
We can read in the Scriptures how God has been pointing to Christ and His sacrifice ever since God clothed Adam and Eve with coats of skins after they sinned in the garden. All we have to do is look to where He is pointing!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
When the devil wants to come tripping you up over something and attempt to break you, let me me tell you what to do, lift your eyes.
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” John 12:32 <— this is Jesus Christ speaking about His Crucifixion…..on that mount where Jehovah-jireh would “see to it” and provide a way for you and me to become His children.
I don’t know about you, but that gives me the shivers.
The devil, according to JESUS in John 8, is a liar and the father of lies. He wants to lie to you and to me and to all mankind. He hates God, He hates God’s people. He wants us to believe that Salvation and the subsequent Christian life is some big hidden mystery.
Lift your eyes.
Look at what God has provided.
Live in that knowledge.
Jesus, the Lamb of God is our Savior and Lord. There is nothing about Him we can not trust.
Now, to return to my story. Amelia and I sat in the kitchen of the kindergarten teacher and listened as she shared her broken heart. We talked for hours and then we prayed. When I was finished and we were all wiping our tears, she said something that I will never forget. She said, “Mrs. Sheri, the Bible says I can trust God, so I will trust Him.”
She was right! We can trust Him. He will provide. He HAS provided.
“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:8
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Genesis 28-29 / I Samuel 18 / Psalm 16 / Matthew 17