A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about the name of God, Jehovah-Rapha.
That post shared the story of the first time we see the name Jehovah-Rapha in the Bible. We talked about how the Israelites had seen a great victory, but then murmured and complained only three days later because of the bitter waters they come across after a time of no water.
The big application from that post is that when we experience times of spiritual victory, we need to be on guard as Satan will attack. He doesn’t want us to continue to experience victory.
“Great spiritual victory is often followed by defeat, discouragement, dissension, and depression. Satan often intensifies his spiritual attack immediately after we experience spiritual victory. He always tries to snatch away our victory and attempts to dull our joy.”
But there is more than we can learn from this great name of our great God!
Today’s post will be a little more educational about this name of God, but we will still be awed and inspired as we meditate on our God who can heal every part of us — physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and more — if He wills.
Let’s look at the name itself. Where do we see this name in Scripture?
- Exodus 15:26 is the only place where this name is used, but we see the healing power of God many other places in the Old Testament.
- The Hebrew root verb raphe (“to heal”) occurs approximately 70 times in the Old Testament.
What does the name mean?
- It can be translated “Jehovah heals” or “Jehovah my Health.”
- Jehovah is also known as YHWH or “I AM.” He is The One Who Is The Self-Existent One.
- Rapha (or Rophe) means “to restore,” “to heal,” “to cure.”
This Hebrew phrase “reveals God’s ability to restore, to heal, and to cure, not only in the physical sense but also in the moral and spiritual sense.” (Nathan Stone)
How can we apply the name Jehovah-Raphe to our every day lives?
- We can realize that God can heal us. God has provided the final cure for spiritual, physical, and emotional sickness in Jesus Christ. He is the only source of wholeness. Whether or not God heals us on this earth, we will be fully healed one day in heaven. He may choose to offer physical healing here on earth, and He may not; but He can and will heal the sin-sick soul that turns to Him for healing.
When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Mark 2:17
- In times of brokenness, we can go to God’s Word and remember His promises of healing. God’s Word is our medicine.
Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long? Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. Psalm 6:2-4
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise. Jeremiah 17:14
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise. Jeremiah 30:17
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
- We can be encouraged that one day we will be free from sickness and pain.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4
- We need to TRUST –rely on God’s names and then wait patiently to see what He will accomplish.
TRUST = Total Reliance Under Stress and Trial (Catherine Martin)
We are going to spend one more week studying this name of God. Next week, we will see how we can follow a pattern for victory when we face bitter circumstances which might otherwise bring discouragement and disillusionment so that we don’t fail the test like the Israelites did. We’ll also see a few more references that show God is our healer, and we will see how Jesus is God by the way that He demonstrated He is Jehovah-Rapha in the New Testament.
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