On a mountain in Moriah, God provided Abraham with a ram to be sacrificed in place of his son. Abraham named this place "Yahweh-yireh," sometimes called "Jehovah-jireh" (Gn 22:14). This means: "God will see to it" or "God will provide." Ultimately God provided not just a ram, but His Son Jesus, Who was sacrificed on Mount Calvary for our salvation. When Yahweh provided His Son, He provided the only way for us to be freed from sin, for Jesus has "authority on earth to forgive sins" (Mt 9:6).
Those exercising authority have to provide many things. For example, for a police officer to arrest a person, the state must provide a judicial system and prison system. It must provide food, shelter, facilities, guards, medical care, and hopefully rehabilitation. For Jesus to exercise authority by forgiving us of our sins, He had to provide justification, reparation, healing, atonement, redemption, and salvation. No one has the authority to forgive sins but God alone, because no one but God could provide all that is necessary to back up this awesome exercise of authority. Because He is Lord, Yahweh is Yireh.
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†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 22, 2007.