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The word Moriah means "Jehovah will be seen". It must not be forgotten that
"provide" and "provision" are simply pro- vision "to see beforehand". Abraham uses
the word that forms part of the name Moriah, when he said:
"My son, God will provide Himself (or see for Himself) a lamb for a burnt offering"
(Gen. 22: 8).
So, Abraham, became a prophet and named that mountain Jehovah-Jireh, "In the
mount of the Lord it shall be seen" (Gen. 22: 14). The Septuagint renders Jehovah-Jireh
by Kurios eiden, "The Lord hath seen". The Saviour said:
"Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it and was glad" (John 8: 56).
David saw something of what was coming when he bought the site of the temple.
The Lord saw down the ages, that one offering, that should fulfil and complete the
type and shadow of the offering of Isaac, and of the offerings of the temple, He saw that
hill called Calvary, also one of the mountains of Moriah. We do not venerate holy
places, but we are glad to see this connection between type and anti-type that is found by
considering the "place where" Abraham was found willing to offer his "beloved son".
The Cave of Machpelah (Gen. 23:).
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"Next to the wells of Syria, the most authentic memorials of past times are the
Sepulchres . . . . . The tombs of ancient Greece and Rome lined the public roads with
funeral pillars or towers . . . . . But the sepulchers of Palestine were, like the inhabitants
of its earliest inhabitants, hewn out of the living limestone rock, and therefore as
indestructible as the rock itself" (Dean Stanley).
After the death of Terah in Haran, no record of death occurs in the narrative of
Genesis until the death of Sarah at the age of a hundred and twenty seven years.
"And Sarah died in Kirjath-arba: the same is Hebron in the lad of Canaan" (Gen. 23: 2).
It seems fairly evident that Moses had before him as he wrote, the authentic document,
recording the actual name of the place, "Kirjath-arba", but as he wrote for the people of
Israel many years after the event, he added the name Hebron, by which the ancient city
was then known. Kirjath is a Hebrew word meaning a "city" as in Isa. 24: 10 and
derived from karah "to meet" from the "concourse" of people that make up a city.
Arba is the name of the father of Anak, who was of the giants.
"Now therefore give me this mountain whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou
heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and