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CROSSING THE JORDAN RIVER

GOD Who Are You? AND Who Am I?

Knowing and Experiencing God by His Hebrew Names

Part 3 – eBook 3

The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain . . . See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore he would give to your fathers–to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob–and to their descendants after them.”

Part 3 is comprised of the third three modules of the book and is Part 3 of the FREE eCourse Bonus on this Web site. They are:

Module 7 – Chapter 12: God is Jehovah-Jireh [The Lord’s Provision Will be Seen]

Chapter 13: Because God is Jehovah-Jireh, I Am Free

Module 8 – Chapter 14: God is Jehovah-Rapha [The Lord is Healer]

Chapter 15: Because God is Jehovah-Rapha, I Am Healed

Module 9 – Chapter 16: God is El Elyon [The God Most High]

Chapter 17: Because God is El Elyon, I Am Salt

M7E Freedom Because God is Jehovah Jireh

Offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you’ve let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom.—Romans 6:17-18 Msg.

 

WITH JEHOVAH-JIREH OUR FREEDOM WILL NEVER QUIT

When we make Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives and offer ourselves and all we have continually to Him, our freedom will never quit. The ways of God for us are the same as they were for Abraham—to lay everything meaningful on the altar. That includes possessions, professions, houses, and family. When we obey, Jehovah-Jireh will return these things back to us one-hundred-fold, with His supernatural stamp upon them.

Yellow lillies with text Because God is Jehovah Jireh I am Free

The Biblical foundation for the principal of giving all to God and being able to believe for the hundred-fold return comes from the parable Jesus taught about the rich young ruler. He ran to Jesus, fell on his knees and asked what he needed to do to obtain eternal life. He had kept all the commandments. He had done so many things.

“Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said, ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’

“At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!’” (Mark 10:21-23).

“Peter said to him, ‘We have left everything to follow you!’

“‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus replied, ‘no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first’” (Mark 10:28-31).

The rich young ruler had kept the commandments since he was a boy, but he had failed the first one, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exod. 20:3). If he could have done what Jesus asked of him, demonstrating his love for God by letting go of things, Jesus would have supplied more seed to him as the sower and “made [him] rich in every way so that [he] could be generous on every occasion” (2 Cor. 9:11). We can hope this man obeyed Jesus later, but according to Scripture, we do not know.

In this chapter are stories of those who obeyed God in giving up possessions, professions, houses, and children to God, and how Jehovah-Jireh returned His abundant blessings to them.

FREEDOM WITH POSSESSIONS

Freedom with possessions

Kim Crowe [from chapter 6], now over fifty and single, dreamed of a house of her own. But, it was something she would never possess. She had to lay it on the altar and give up that dream forever. She had to be willing to rent, room with her sister, live in apartments and eventually with her aging parents to care for them. But Kim and her cars was another story, indeed!

Shortly after she became a Christian at thirty years of age, Kim began to pray for her own car. She saved $300 to buy one, without praying about a specific purchase. After buying a car, her parents happened to give their red car to her. Her hasty purchase lasted only one week before breaking down. She thought, I should have prayed about it first, now I’ve lost $300!

Shortly afterward, the red car was stolen from the parking lot of her apartment. It was found in front of a Hells Angels’ apartment two blocks away. Only a Bible was missing from the inside. She traded the red car for a blue Escort.

When leaving her apartment to go to work, again, her car was gone. She thought, Oh, swell, second time. No one is going to believe this!

As Kim was filing a police report, officers were having her blue car towed from the middle of an intersection. Whoever had stolen it went on a joy ride, let it run out of gasoline and abandoned it during noon rush hour. Before the police report was taken, the car had been found— unscathed. It had been hot-wired, was covered with fingerprint dust, but was cleaned up at the Ford dealership before being returned to Kim.

When the red car was stolen, she was not frantic. By God’s grace, she went to Him and asked, “Okay God, why is this happening? What am I supposed to learn from this?”

The answer she heard was: It all belongs to me. I let you keep what you can have, and I take what you place above me or anything you don’t need. I can take it all. I can leave it all with you, one way or the other.

“I learned that everything I have belongs to God, and should be given back to Him. I learned this with possessions. It took longer to apply this to people.”

She told the policemen, “My car belongs to God. If He had wanted it, it was okay with me. If He had kept it, He would make a way for me to get to work. I guess He wants me to have it.” The police had never heard anything like this before. “It blew them away,” Kim said.

When she told them it was the second car she had stolen from her and returned, “That really blew them away!”

Kim traded her blue Escort in on a truck before moving from California to Kansas where her daughter lived. She was unable to keep up with the payments and it was repossessed—two months before her employer sold to another company. She moved back to California.

Kim was without a vehicle for nine months before her grandfather finally gave her his car. It sat in a garage so long that the tires were rotten—an eighteen year old car with 67,000 miles, no air conditioning, but it lasted a number of years.

When September 11, 2001, hit, her pastor, friends and parents said, “You need to go back to Kansas to be with your daughter and grandchildren.”

She prayed about it, and agreed God was leading her back. Meanwhile, Kim’s grandpa gave her an advance on her inheritance from him, and she purchased a three-year-old Caravan. Her job was then down-sized, yet Kim’s attitude was always upbeat, in complete trust, “God is so gracious. It’s awesome!”

Kim’s sister had become ill, her favorite aunt had died, her mother was dying, and she knew God was leading her back to California, in her debt-free Caravan, to care for them. She also found out she needed to go to the west coast for her own specialized surgery.

FREEDOM IN PROFESSIONS

Freedom in Professions
Photo of an unsuccessful business team busy at a meeting

Kurt and Davi M. moved to Michigan after his Army service. He took a position as distribution manager with a large corporation, shipping hospital beds all over the world. Davi managed government housing complexes throughout the state. After years of these high-stress jobs, seeing little of each other and no “life” together, they knew a change had to be made. But what, and how?

They began to seek the Lord and His will for their lives. They read their Bible, good books and prayed. In a short time-span, six relatives died on both sides of their families, meaning missing work and making trips home for the funerals. Kurt decided to go back to school for his master’s degree and applied to universities near home. To do this, he and Davi both had to place their successful careers and nice house on the altar.

They both thought the way would be made clear for them, jobs waiting, before leaving Michigan, but that did not happen. The last days on the job came and went, and furniture was being moved before Davi received a phone call. She was already in the car on moving day. Another employer wanted her to do training for the housing managers of other states, from her home-based business, working half the time for the same amount of money she had been making!

Later on, Kurt finished his master’s degree and was in the process of looking for another job when he experienced breathing problems. Tests revealed his aortic valve, which had been replaced nine years prior, was not working properly. Another surgery was scheduled. A mechanical valve replaced the valve that had become like porcelain.

One week before surgery, Kurt received an opportunity to write his testimony. His story, “Change of Heart,” was accepted the next day and became a chapter in the book, His Forever: Stories of Real People finding Jesus.

Before Kurt was completely healed, he was sought out by the university that gave him his degree, to work from his home doing research—all this happening while making another move. The next move was to a brand new house that had been on the market for many months. Their offer of $16,000 below asking price was accepted.

FREEDOM WITH HOUSES

Freedom with Houses

Janice and David Lamb lived in a mobile home on five acres with their three children while they were building a house on the land. They were not yet believers, but Janice was seeking the Lord. Each day she brought out her Bible to read Scriptures about salvation, trying to understand what they meant. Every time she did, she could feel evil. After a couple of weeks of this, she started to cry and yelled, “I can’t stand this!”

Janice had a Godly aunt who had been a great influence on her. She went to Aunt Ninnie and said, “I feel evil in my own house. What can I do?”

“Plead the blood—in every nook and cranny!” she replied.

“What does that mean?”

“The word plead is a legal term meaning to take legal action,” she said.

While turning to the book of Hebrews in her King James Version of the Bible, Aunt Ninnie said, “In the Old Testament, Moses sprinkled the blood of animals on the people and everything used in the tabernacle that were used for worship. In this way everything was cleansed. But today, we have Jesus. So, what we are going to do is take the blood that Jesus legally shed for the forgiveness of sin for all mankind, into every nook and crannie of your house. With our words, we are going to purge it, and cleanse it of all evil. There’s no telling what went on in your house before you bought it.”

She then read Hebrews 9:22, “. . . things . . . are purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood is no remission [of sin].”

Aunt Ninnie and Janice opened all the cabinets and every closet and said, “In the name of Jesus, we plead the blood in this closet; we plead the blood of Jesus in this cabinet; we plead the blood of Jesus in this nook, and in this crannie.”

By the time they had worked their way from the back to the front door, there was a great calmness Janice could feel. She cried. It had worked!

In this way, she gave her house to the Lord, and it was in that home that Janice and David both accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

M7D Provision of Jehovah Jireh

AFTER OBEDIENCE: PROVISION 

Before the journey, God told Abraham He would reveal to him upon which mountain to make the sacrifice. Verse 9 is past-tense, “When they reached the place God had told him about. . . .” Somehow, after reaching his destination in the land of Moriah, Abraham knew he was on the exact spot He should be, and this is where he experienced God as Jehovah-Jireh [The Lord’s Provision Will Be Seen].

Provision of Jehovah Jireh

Bible scholar Adam Clark says of the land of Moriah: “This is supposed to mean all the mountains of Jerusalem, comprehending Mount Gihon or Calvary . . . Mount Calvary is the highest ground to the west. . . it was upon this mount Abraham offered up Isaac, which is well known to be the same mount on which our blessed Lord was crucified. Beer-sheba, where Abraham dwelt, is about forty-two miles distant from Jerusalem”—approximately three days journey. [1]

Provision- Jehovah JirehAbraham built an altar on Mount Calvary, where the sinless Lamb Jesus was later crucified. He arranged the wood on it, bound Isaac, and laid him on the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven,

“Abraham! Abraham!”

Again, Abraham replied, “Here I am.”

“‘Do not lay a hand on the boy,’ he said, ‘Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son’” (Gen. 22:11-12). Fear in this instance, defined by Webster’s, means “to have a reverential awe of.”

Abraham looked up, and to his great relief, saw in the thicket a ram caught by its horns. He grabbed his son and hugged him close to his heart before seizing the ram and sacrificing it in wondrous praise to Jehovah-Jireh, calling that place, The Lord Will Provide. The Hebrew word for looked is the very same root word as for provide, meaning that looking to God is the same as seeing the provision.

AFTER PROVISION: A SUMMONS 

Provision Summons of Jehovah Jireh

The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time, and said:

“I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”—Genesis 22:16-18

When the Teacher showed up after the test, He called to Abraham twice. The Hebrew word for called is qârâ, meaning “to invite; to call by name; to muster any army. The basic meaning of qârâ is the enunciation of a specific message. It is usually addressed to a specific recipient and intended to elicit a specific response. Rarely does it refer to a random outcry.”[2]

Both times in this chapter, when God called Abraham by his name, he answered, “Here I am.” He was open, not hiding. He was willing, ready, making himself available to whatever God said to him or asked of him. His heart was committed to being obedient.

AFTER PROVISION: TWO MORE PROMISES

After Abraham passed the test, God repeated the same blessing to him with two additions: (1) your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies and (2) through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed. God was telling them they would possess the land of their enemies and from one small nation, the whole world would be blessed—establishing Israel forever.

As Abraham’s spiritual offspring, we are those descendants who are called by name, individually and as an army, to possess the land of our enemies by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, with the promise that all nations will be blessed through us.

As students, what are we to learn from Abraham’s test?

  • The quicker we ask the question, “What am I to learn from this test?” the quicker we will see the end to it.
  • God delights in obedience more than anything we can sacrifice for Him.
  • True worship is allowing God to refine our character as we experience His divine nature.
  • Looking to God is the same as seeing the provision.
  • God is a jealous God. He means it when He says: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exod. 20:3)—the first of the Ten Commandments—given after the time of Abraham.

After the test, God repeated for the third time—a good teacher always repeats his most important lessons—your son, your only son (Gen. 22: 2, 12, 16).

Provision of Jehovah Jireh

Although God gave Ishmael a blessing, he wanted Abraham, and us, to know He recognizes nothing stemming from self effort. He recognizes only what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do.

Like the teacher, Jehovah-Jireh will show up after the test to let us know what He recognizes as truth. He will summon us by our specific name only when He sees His reflection in our eyes. He gives no shortcut. We have to go through the refiner’s fire to get to the other side where He desires to do His work through our refined lives.

The children of Israel could have gotten from Egypt to the Promised Land in an eleven day journey (see Deut. 1:2), but God would not allow it. He said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt. So God led the people around by the desert road . . .” (Exod. 13: 17-18). God knew they would need the lessons of the wilderness in order to be successful in the land when He would summon them by name to enter into His purpose. God has a divine purpose for us that only Jehovah-Jireh recognizes and will open our eyes to see, as He did for our forefather Abraham.

[1] Adam Clark, LL.D., F.S.A., &c., Clark’s Commentary Volume I-Genesis to Deuteronomy (Abington Press, New York, Nashville) p. 139.

[2] Zodiates, Key Word Study Bible, p. 1772.

M7C True Worship: Purpose of Jehovah Jireh

On the third day of their journey, Isaac asked his father as they walked on, “The fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” –Genesis22:7

“Abraham said, ‘God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’” –Gen. 22:8 NASB

True Worship: Jehovah Jireh

The root Hebrew word for provide includes: to look, to view, to be seen, to show oneself, to appear, to reveal oneself, to be shown, to cause to see, to show, to ascertain, having a position of trust.[1] Author Henry T. Blackaby says, “Any person in covenant with God sees things others do not; he hears things others do not hear; and his heart knows things others do not know.”[2] Somewhere during Abraham’s three-day journey, he had to have received a divine revelation from God in greater depth than he had before. His thinking may have gone like this: If God would ask me to sacrifice my son as atonement for my sin, why would He not do the same for the world’s sin?

As Abraham followed through with God’s directions, He glimpsed the future. God said of Abraham when He was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?” (Gen. 18:17). This revelation is another time God revealed what He was about to do—send His own Son—from Abraham’s seed. This may explain Abraham’s words, God will provide for Himself the Lamb, with a capital L—Scripture having past, present and future dimension.

Provision of Jehovah Jireh

THIRD-DAY WORSHIP: A RELATIONSHIP WHERE GOD CAN SHARE HIS HEART

“God desires a relationship where He can share His heart.”[3] God did this with Abraham as He desires to do with us. Three days in this passage is very significant. In the third month—on the very day—the children of Israel left Egypt, God came down out of heaven. The Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people” (Exod. 19:10-11 emphasis added). On that morning, there was thunder and lightning, a thick cloud, and a loud trumpet blast.

Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently, and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him (emphasis added).—Exodus 19: 18-19

On the third day, The Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain for worship and on that day, gave him His Word—the Ten Commandments.

Deliverance came on the third day for Esther. She was a Jewish orphan in Persia whom God raised up as queen; she then faced a dire circumstance. The whole captive Jewish nation was on the verge of being annihilated. Her Uncle Mordecai persuaded her that it was in her hand to be used of God to bring deliverance to her people. She asked Mordecai to gather all the Jews together and said, “Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4: 16).

Queen Esther worked the plan the Lord revealed to her after three days, and because of spiritual consecration, worship and cleansing of sin, through fasting and prayer, the Lord brought deliverance for His people—through one woman. On the third day, the Lord arrived on the scene, like a teacher showing up after the test.

At the root of all true worship is seeing the answer to the question, “Where is the Lamb?” Coming into His presence takes serious heart seeking, usually to a special place, going alone, with the Word of God. Many times, it is a slow difficult way. Drastic circumstances may mean fasting and prayer for three days and three nights. We can be assured, though, if we do these things, the Lamb, who was resurrected on the third day, will be revealed.

[1] Zodiates, Key Word Study Bible, p. 1773.

[2] Henry T. Blackaby, Created to be God’s Friend, (Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville,1999), p. 123.

[3] Ibid. p. 119.