TRUST: Jehovah Rapha (The Lord Who Heals)


According to Strong’s Concordance, Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly.In Hebrew, Jehovah Rapha is pronounced as (yeh-ho-vaw’ raw-faw’). Rapha (râpâ’) means “to restore”, “to heal” or “to make healthful” in Hebrew. When the two words are combined – Jehovah Rapha – it can be translated as “Jehovah Who Heals.” (cf. Jer 30:17; Jer 3:22; Isa 30:26; Isa 61:1; Psa 103:3). Jehovah is the Great Physician who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people.

In the post TRUST: Not in Humans who cannot Save, I shared why we should not put our trust in man. Today, as I reflect on how we are saved, I want to open that window, so we can clearly learn to TRUST: Jehovah Rapha (The Lord Who Heals).

Everyone I know has physical and emotional needs that need to be met. In fact, that is the impetus for this post. It is the tale of two girls who attend the school where I work. One is physically sick. She has been in the hospital now for more than ten days most of which she was in a coma. The other girl has been emotionally sick all year. She too has been in sort of an emotional coma as she has been unresponsive to the goading and prodding of God for her faith, but the text today tells me to TRUST: Jehovah Rapha (The Lord Who Heals). The bible tells me that in the Old Testament Jehovah-Rapha (The Lord that Heals) is used in Exodus 15:26 and several other places.

Exodus 15 presents an interesting and repeated set of experiences. In Exodus 14, God had just opened up the Red Sea allowing the Israelites to cross on dry ground but caused the waters to cover over Pharaoh. After that, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant, but that did not last. Exodus 15 starts off with the people praising God in song, but by the end, they were grumbling against Moses about not having water, and when they finally found water, they deemed it not fit to drink.

Exodus 15:25b-26
There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test. 26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”

God showed them that He could heal them not only from bondage in Egypt but from bad water to meet their physical need. God is our healer. click here for the verses below.

Exodus 23:25-26
25 Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

2 Kings 20:5
5 “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord.

Psalm 25:11
11 For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

Psalm 103:3
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

Psalm 107:20
20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.

Isaiah 30:26
26 The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the Lord binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted.

Isaiah 61:1
61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,

Jeremiah 3:22
22 “Return, faithless people; I will cure you of backsliding.” “Yes, we will come to you, for you are the Lord our God.

Jeremiah 30:17
17 But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord,
‘because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.’

Hosea 11:3
3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them.

In Malachi 3:17, God says, 17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him.” Let’s pray for those young ladies, others and ourselves that God would act to spare us. That we would TRUST: Jehovah Rapha (The Lord Who Heals) in the midst of our hardships, trials and sufferings.

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