Proverbs 18

January 18, 2016
2 min read

Proverbs 18:10. For the righteous the Lord is my place of refuge, He is like a strong tower that I can run to for safety, comfort. Where I find that refuge, it is in the NAME OF THE LORD! I am reminded of the story in Genesis chapter 22 when Abraham went up to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice and I see God provide that sacrifice for Abraham. Genesis 22:14 which says, “And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, ‘In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’” Abraham was willing to go through with what God told him to do because he trusted in the Lord and His promises to Him. He knew that God would have to raise Isaac from the dead if he was sacrificed as I have said. And the Angel of the LORD now steps in and I believe this is the pre-incarnate Jesus. And He speaks to Abraham and tells him to stop, not to go through with it. You see, he has passed the test! This was the ultimate demonstration of love that we see here, love and obedience to the Lord or faith in action we might say! This is how much the faith of Abraham has grown over the years! He called the place Jehovah Jireh or Yahweh Jireh, The LORD will provide. Jehovah or Yahweh is speaking of the all-sufficient One. He is the great “I AM” not “I was” or “I will be” but He is to me what I need Him to be in my life – He is my all sufficient One, He is Jehovah Elohim! In the mountain of the Lord He provided a sacrifice for Abraham and He will provide Himself as a sacrifice some 2,000 years down the road. In fact, Moses tells me here that this Mount Moriah is still called Jehovah Jireh in his day and it is here that the Lord has provided atonement for my sins, on this very mountain and Abraham and Isaac are acting this out for me. The names of the Lord…they are amazing and so are the promises that go along with them!

El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)

El Elyon (The Most High God)

Yahweh Nissi (The Lord My Banner)

Yahweh Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)

Yahweh Rapha (The Lord That Heals)

Yahweh Shammah (The Lord is There)

Yahweh Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)

Yahweh Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)

Yahweh Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)

Yahweh Shalom (The Lord is Peace)

Yahweh Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)

He is my All-Becoming One, He is my refuge, the name of the Lord is my strong tower and I can run to Him and find safety! I am no to run to man for refuge, I am to run into the arms of my loving God! It is God’s great and wise plan!

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