8Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.9When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 12He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”
When Isaac asked Abraham where the animal for sacrifice was, Abraham replied that God would provide the lamb.After God stopped Abraham from actually killing Isaac, a ram was found in the thicket. The LORD had provided.
So Abraham called the place where he was to sacrifice Isaac and where God provided a ram, “the Lord will provide”. A saying arose – “on the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
And Jesus carried His cross to Mount Calvary and provided there the once and for all sacrifice for the salvation of all His people and not one of them shall be lost.
Moses, the writer of this account, had no idea that Jesus would provide Himself as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Nor did Abraham when he named the mountain. Neither did the people who used the saying “on the mount of the Lord it shall be provided”. But there is no doubt that God worked this whole episode as a picture of what He was going to do to save people. To not see Christ in this account is to miss the whole point of it.
He indeed has provided and all believers will sing of it for eternity. He has provided and you are invited to benefit from His provision.
Today, marvel that the work of Christ is the main point of all the Bible. And pray to be able to relate to someone, that the Lord has provided and the death and resurrection of Jesus is still powerful to save.