JEHOVAH JIREH – The One Who Provides for What He Sees
…Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Genesis 22:7-8
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Romans 8:19-21
Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. Luke 9:23
*All scriptures are taken from the NKJV, unless otherwise stated
The story of Easter is one of beauty formed out of ashes, life formed out of death, and Spirit manifesting out of flesh and corruption. It is the story of sacrifice, blood of cleansing for redemption and every other thing it stands for in God. It is the beautiful story of the coming to pass of that which father Abraham prophesied on the mountains of Moriah when he said, ” My son, GOD will PROVIDE for HIMSELF THE LAMB for a burnt offering” (Emphases mine). This is the most important part of this message to anyone who God will allow to read and also have understanding. But critical thinking is required. For he who understands this as what God is watching over diligently to bring to pass also in our day, will have a deeper understanding of what this Easter is meant to do in us and why the Notre Dame Cathedral incident happened.
The Notre Dame Cathedral
There are lots of things I believe God is saying about the fire incident that happened at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, of which I believe others have been given to write about, but this is the piece of the puzzle that came to my heart about it. I believe the Lord is pointing His people back to His cross of redemption and by extension their individual crosses that must be carried in this season that we find ourselves in. For the purpose of thinking, of all the historical religious relics that were destroyed in that massive fire that burnt for twelve hours, it is reported that the cross standing on the altar, which looks like “a hill of Golgotha” was not touched by the fire. This is not a coincidence at all. That the church of God has walked away from the cross of Christ which is the power of God for salvation and has embraced the worship of Baal which is directly tied to Babylon and the worship of Mammon through luxury has triggered something in heaven and for which, judgment will no longer be withheld on earth.
That the attention of the world has now turned to the millions of dollars donated to the rebuilding of the cathedral, rather than to what God is saying concerning the burning, is key to what this season is about and what the church has been worshiping. Hell has been broken loose, even as heaven is giving its final warning for those called out “from among them to” to pick up their cross again with godly zeal and walk the walk of faith set before them. For it also not a coincidence that this incident happened in the week of Easter, which also coincides with Passover, a thing which is rare historically. That both the dying of the Lamb of God on the cross, which Easter celebrates is coming together with the separation through death that Passover speaks of and that the burning of the earthly cathedral made with human hands came at the same time, points to something each person must pay attention to. God is calling out by separation, those who will walk away from that which is built by human hands, embrace the cross and also be a lamb provided by God for Himself in this season.
One more thing that the incident of the Notre Dame Cathedral showed me is this, God has come to judge the harlot, the woman who sits upon many waters, who is also called Babylon the Great. For scripture says of that great city called Babylon, “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’ Rev 18:9-10 (Please read the entire chapter for clarity). Did the “kings of the earth” see the Notre Dame burn? Yes they did (for they are the ones contributing to its rebuilding) thanks to TV and the internet. And come to think of it, is it really a coincidence that Notre Dame means “Our Mother” or “Our Lady”? No it’s not a coincidence. For it points directly to what Rev 17:5 calls
“MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH”.
And why is there such a rush to donate for the rebuilding of the cathedral, which I believe is a distraction from the reality of what is really going on or what the entire incident means? Babylon will not prevail. Babylon shall not be rebuilt.
In my own practical definition, Jehovah Jireh for me means, the One who provides for Himself the Lamb that meets the need of that which He Himself planned and sees in hope.
And talking of providing because there is a need, I am not talking about what men have learnt in business school that if you want to succeed in life, provide a solution for a need in the society. It sounds noble, but that’s not what I am talking about. There are eternal things that God created and also saw into the future from before the foundation of the earth, but which must come to manifestation at each season meant for each of such plans. These are things which He Himself knew must manifest on the earth and which He Himself made provision already for, in hope. Such provisions almost all the time come as humans whom He God designated to express His power to provide for Himself a lamb for that which has been in His heart from before time.
Take for example; the Lord Jesus is the Lamb that God provided for Himself to solve by Himself a need He created from the foundation of the earth. His need was to bring man back to Himself as His image and likeness. His provision was Jesus the Lamb that met that need, and by the sacrifice of this Lamb that was provided, redemption was completed and now man can come back to God. His need for a Lamb was met by Jesus on the cross. The question now is this, what is the need that God has in this season and for which He has chosen you to be a lamb, provided by Himself and for Himself? For example, creation must be set free from futility and restored back to God. That is God’s need in this hour. In hope, the lambs He provided for Himself to do this job are the sons of God. Those who are not just walking by the Spirit, but who have also mastered, by that walk and by practice, to know good and evil, having also embraced truth.
Will God’s hope in such sons, who have been chosen and raised for such a time as this, be dashed to the rocks, just because they are refusing to grow up or just because they love the taste of candy? Or will they actually arise to the occasion as lambs that God has provided for Himself? The choice is every man’s own to make.
The Lord Jesus who we celebrate during Easter has done a great job in being the Lamb that God provided for redemption, the question is this, will you be faithful to the call to be the lamb that God provided for Himself, to bring solution to His need on the earth?
Think about it.
Where are the Lambs of God?
Easter is the story of the Lamb that God provided for Himself for the redemption of all things back to Himself. And every single day, there is a need in God for which He made provision in a man. If you are that man, are you willing to allow yourself to be a lamb provided for the need of this hour, knowing that no lamb is useful until it is killed and blood shed? For Jesus said. “as My father sent me, so I am sending you” (see John 17:18). And in this case, as sheep or lambs in the midst of wolves or a perverse generation. No lamb is useful to God except it is killed. Same way he who must bear the cross of being chosen as a lamb provided by God for earth’s sake, must also bear in mind that the cross must have its full course. My prayer is that grace will be poured out for such a time as this.
Word for Kenyans
There are various things happening right now in Africa, which call for accurate judgment, but I will talk about Kenya. This is the season in which there is the argument about what the meaning of the Huduma Number or the Individual Numbering for the nation’s data base that is going on is. Various stories are running here and there.
But this is what I believe Kenyans should pay attention to. Personally and as a foreigner residing in Kenya and who is also expected to have the number, I really don’t give a blink about what the data could be used for by darkness or whoever is running the exercise from the background. There is what God put in my heart when the exercise began. He painted the picture of the days of the birth of Christ in Luke 2:1-7, when Joseph and Mary went to Judea to be numbered in the census (a type of Huduma Numbering) and how that in the midst of all that noise and crowd in the city (no inn available), God in the form of Jesus was born and only three sets of people knew about His birth. The wise men from the east who saw the star first, (pay attention that Kenya is east of Africa), the angels who proclaimed it and then the shepherds who rejoiced at His birth.
There is a separation going on in these days of the burning of the Notre Dame, Easter, Passover and the Huduma Number exercise and only a few will see it for what it all truly means. I am not of the opinion that sons and daughters of God should fold their arms when darkness is manifesting. Not at all. For what must be done by way of physical action must be done. Only let each one know for sure that in the midst of all the madness, he or she must take a position to either be a wise man (Those who are like elders who have seen from before time the star of the season and are able to tell what is going on and also are able to teach others in truth…see Daniel 11:33), the angels who proclaimed it (those who stand in the midst of the things God is doing, watching over it diligently like the seven angels of the seven churches) and then the shepherds (those who in their place of every day work are still able to hear, know the workings of God and also able to go further to find out and by that make proclamations of the same, and guide God’s flock faithfully towards what He wants).
This is Kenya, the land of manifestation. But the land of manifestation is also subject to “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”.
Time is Far spent
These are no longer the days of jokes and comedies. These are very serious days in which scriptures are being fulfilled before our very eyes. Let us not play with the season, nor be weary of well doing, for in this same season shall God lead by Himself His army of truth. And to those who are the Overcomers unto God, this is your hour to spread your wings and fly with God’s wind behind your sails.
In conclusion, it is easy to laud Alaa Salah, the 22 year old woman that became the symbol of the change in government in Sudan and also see her as the expression of the female side of God manifested in real time. It is true she is. But let us not forget that, as a woman in Sudan, which is predominantly Islamic and with its Sharia law, she knew that standing on that car to lead the protest was her head at stake. In her own way, and like Esther the young queen of Persia, she has set up a memorial of what it means to be the lamb provided by God for Himself to meet a need in real time.
The question is, will you? Selah!
God bless you. From your brother.