This week, observant Jews all over the world are reading the same passage of scripture: Genesis 22:1-18 where Abvraham takes Isaac to Mt. Moriah. Some scholars think Mt. Moriah is where that the gold dome is that you see in the photos of Jerusalem.
Avraham was tested by God to offer his “only begotten son” (בֵּן יָחִיד) as a sacrifice on Mount Moriah — the place of the future Temple. This famous story is referred to as the Akedah (עֲקֵדָה), or Akedat Yitzchak (עֲקֵידָת יִצְחָק) – the “binding of Isaac” (Gen. 22:1-18). At the very last moment, the Angel of the LORD stopped Avraham from going through with the sacrifice and provided a ram as a substitute.
Avraham then named the location Adonai-Yireh (יהוה יִרְאֶה), “the LORD will provide/see” (from the 3p impf. of the verb ra’ah (רָאָה), “to see”).
Notice that it is not Jehovah Jirah which is a Greek intepretation. There is no J in Hebrew. No one knows how to pronounce the LORD’s name since out of respect, observant Jews do not say His name, so we use Adonai (A–don-eye) which means Lord. There is no OMG.
So we say “Adonai-Year-ray” for “The LORD will provide or the LORD will see to it.”
If the verb for “to see” is ra-ah, then how do we get to yiray? Simple—you add a Y for “he”. Yirah means “he will see.” So now you know how to conjugate your first verb without really trying and a very important verb that is.
So when you go through a tough time this week, say in your heart, Adonai Year-ray. Israelis in Israel today are also thinking “Adonai Year-ray” in the face of fighting.
The binding of Isaac shows u both the principle of sacrificial love and the principle that we must first unreservedly believe in that love in order to understand the ways of Adonai.