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Scripture reading:          Genesis 21-22

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” and the two of them went on together.                Genesis 22:8.

God will provide. Many times, as I read this account, I place myself into the story and try to imagine how Isaac, or Abraham, or even Sarah must have felt. But what about God. YAHWEH-JIREH: The LORD will provide. In this account, God is quite certainly making it clear that He will provide the sacrifice for Abraham that would look forward to Christ. Of course, as I look back on this account and the account of the cross, I see that I am able to say with Abraham to my son, “God himself will provide the lamb for the offering, my son.” While in this case it was a ram, eventually it would be the Lamb of God, none other than the only beloved Son of God. While a substitute was provided for Abraham, there was not a substitute for our Father in Heaven. Only the sacrifice of His own Son could pay the penalty my sin earned.

And so, I thank God that He is Yahweh-Jireh and that He has provided the sacrifice of His Son to pay the penalty for my sin.

Dear God, thank You for providing the sacrifice for my sin. I do not deserve, nor have I earned this in any way, and yet, You provide. You demonstrate Your love through Your provision. Thank You. Let me never take it for granted and please make me bold to proclaim that Your provision is available for all who believe! Amen.

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