And Abraham called the name of the place, YHVH YIREH; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of YHVH it shall be provided.” (Gen 22:14)
Yahweh yireh – YHVH Provides
Yireh – yod resh aleph hay – ‘to provide’ – comes from the Hebrew root word ra’ah which means ‘to see’.
In most occurrences in Scripture this word ‘yireh’ is translated in the context of something being seen or observed or perceived. So why here is it translated as ‘to provide’?
The first step in ‘providing’ is to recognize that provision is needed. Before we can ‘provide’ or meet a need, we first must recognize that there is a need that needs to be met.
Scripture states that our Creator and Father ‘knows what we have need of before we ask’. (Matt 6:8)
Our Father recognizes our need. But do we recognize Him as ‘The Provider’ and the source of everything we need?
In these days as well as the days to come, we must not only recognize our Father and Creator as the Ultimate Provider but learn to lean on Him for direction, for He is dependable. We also must ‘see’ that not all provision is physical or merely giving us the things that we ask for. As good earthly parents, sometimes we recognize that what our children ‘want’ is NOT what they need, and that which they ‘need’ is NOT necessarily what they ‘want’.
Yod – His (right) Hand protects and directs and instructs
Resh – He is head and The One that we should follow as He ‘goes before us’.
Aleph – The Father, Son and Ruach are One. Our Elohim is our strong tower into which we can run. (Psalm 61)
Hey – Behold the One who sees and knows what we have need of before we ask and has made the Ultimate Provision.
Our Father sees our need and is ready and willing to provide. As we go about our daily lives today and the days to come, may He give us ‘eyes to see’ the needs –both physical and spiritual – around us that require provision, and pray our Father direct us (yod) as we follow His example (resh) recognizing Him as the source of all strength and true provision (aleph) and point others to our Father through Messiah Yeshua/Jesus the Christ and His work on the cross (hey) – ‘BEHOLD the Lamb of God’. Shalom